Manu Garba has reportedly rejected directives from the Nigerian football governing body to resume as the new manager of the national Under-17 team, 366football.com gathered.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) made available a communiqué to newsmen after its executive board meeting held in Abuja yesterday that victorious coach of the Nigerian Under-17 team to the last World Cup in Chile, Emmanuel Amunike will replace Garba as the Flying Eagles gaffer amongst other changes in various national teams.
Garba who was assisted by Nduka Ugbade, Emmanuel Amunike, and Emeka Amadi in 2013 guided the U-17 to a second place finish at the African Championships before defeating the rest of the world at the United Arab Emirates, unearthing the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success, Kelechi Nwakali, and Taiwo Awoniyi.
He and Ugbade was promoted to the Under-20 team while Amunike was left to handle the U-17 squad but it was contrasting fortunes for the two managers as Garba failed to re-produce the magic that won him the World Cup in 2013 while the former Barcelona winger helped Nigeria to win her fifth Under-17 World Cup against all odds.
The NFF broom also slept away Tijani Babangida while Super Eagles manager Sunday Oliseh received a very strong warning on his public conduct and Florence Omagbemi named Falcons caretaker coach.