Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has begun talks with former Under-17 World Cup-winning coach, Emmanuel Amunike, about the position of Technical Director.
Sources claim that the NFF has approached the Super Eagles winger, who is presently the director in charge of academies in Africa at Misr Lel Makkasa of Egypt, to consider accepting an appointment as the Technical Director following the expiration of Bitrus Bewarang’s contract last June
Daniel Amokachi was going to be offered the job last month, but he got a bigger appointment from the federal government as the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Sports.
“Amunike has been offered the job of Director Technical by the NFF, but the former national Under-17 World Cup-winning coach is undecided about the job. But NFF president Amaju Pinnick has been talking with him and hoping that he might accept the job to serve his country in higher capacity,” a source divulged.
“Aside from agreeing on the financial terms of the contract, Amunike is stalling in accepting the job because he still nurses the ambition of coaching the Super Eagles one day. He was categorical that he is not done with coaching and that he hopes to return to the training pitch soon.”
Further, it was revealed that the NFF made an initial offer of N3m to Amunike to leave his job in Egypt and become the Director Technical of the Nigerian football ruling body, but the former Barcelona star laughed off the offer as being too small compared to what he earned at El Makkasa in Egypt.
The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games gold medallist and AFCON 2004 winner is on $20,000 monthly salary as Misr Lel Makassa’s Director of Academies in Africa.
Whether the NFF is ready to break bank to land its target is only a matter of time.