BY JOE APU
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peterside Ida has called on the Nigeria Football Federation leadership to forget the hiring Frenchman, Paul Le Guen as Super Eagles technical adviser and hand the job over to coach of the current Flying Eagles Emmanuel Amuneke.
Peterside, speaking from his base in South Africa told Daily Sunsport that had told the leadership of the NFF two months back to hand the job over to former Barcelona winger because he is the best coach in Nigeria at the moment.
“Long after the short spell of Samson Siasia as Eagles coach, I had during a meeting with the leadership of the NFF advised that Nigeria stands a good chance of moving her football to the next level with a coach like Emmanuel Amunike.
“Having followed his matches from the U17 to the Flying Eagles, I have come to realise that he holds the ace for our football. Looking at our current coaches, he stands head and shoulders above the others. “More importantly, he is a level headed coach who knows what he is doing. He understands his players very well and they know what he wants. Amunike has played the game for Nigeria at the highest level which is the World Cup in 1994 and also played with top European champions Barcelona. The cap fits him,” Peterside stressed.
Reminded that Amuneke did not apply for the job and was not shortlisted by the technical committee, the SuperSport analyst stated that the NFF does not have time in their hands and as such should take the bold step by engaging Amunike.
“Amuneke was not listed by the technical committee because according to sources I am yet to confirm, he and Siasia were asked not to apply but I think that with the Frenchman already opting out, the NFF should look inwards and I think that the man for the job is Amunike.”