Emmanuel Amunike Blasts Spanish Leagues For Not Trusting Him

Emmanuel Amunike Blasts Spanish Leagues For Not Trusting Him

Former Super Eagles winger Emmanuel Amunike says he will continue to put himself forward for coaching jobs in Europe despite being overlooked by Spanish clubs in the past.

The Nigeria international, who last year led Tanzania to their first Africa Cup of Nations since 1980, is seeking a return to management after leaving his role at Egyptian side Misr El-Makkasa.

“It's frustrating and disappointing that despite playing here and undergoing your coaching training in Spain, Africans are never considered for a job in the country,” 49-year-old told BBC Sport Africa.

“I returned to Spain after winning the Under-17 World Cup and applied for jobs in the Spanish Leagues, but I was overlooked and not even shortlisted for interviews.

“A second division side in Spain showed strong interest through an agent, but despite my experience of playing in Spain, undertaking my coaching trainings here and winning the World Cup, it was not enough for them to put their trust in me.

“I'm not discouraged about this situation. I will continue to make myself available for any opportunities that may come or any vacant jobs that are open because Spain is where my family lives.”

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Amunike was recently approached for the vacant Nigeria Football Federation Technical Director's role, but rejected the job, which was filled by Austin Eguavoen last month.

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