My El-Makkasa Role Only Changed, And Not Sack – Emmanuel Amunike Explains

My El-Makkasa Role Only Changed, And Not Sack – Emmanuel Amunike Explains

Former Super Eagles winger Emmanuel Amunike says his job title at Egyptian side Misr El-Makkasa has changed from head coach to director of the club's academies across Africa.

The club issued a statement on Sunday, naming Ehab Galal as the new man in charge, with Amunike changing his role after less than a month as coach.

“I'm still with the team, there is no sack involved as reported because Makkasa is a massive group and the past year has seen them trying to create projects across the continent,” Amunike told BBC Sport.

The club is currently struggling in the Egyptian league and caught up in the relegation dogfight, lying in 16th place on 14 points.

The 1994 African Footballer of the Year led El-Makkasa in three games in his short tenure – against Smouha and Al Entag Al Harbi which both ended in 1-1 draws and then a 0-1 defeat to Tala'ea El Gaish in the Egyptian Cup.

“The decision to bring in a new coach is only logical because accepting to work on this big project means it will be difficult for me to combine both roles,” he added.

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“We'll see how things pan out but I am still here working with Makkhasa.”

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Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.