Emmanuel Amuneke sacked as coach of El-Makassa of Egypt


Emmanuel Amuneke has been relieved of his duties as the coach of top Egyptian side El-Makassa after three matches.

The ex-coach of the Tanzania national football team joined El-Makassa in February 2020 after the exit of Hammed Mido and has been replaced by Ehab Galal.

The Amuneke-led side failed to win any of their three game draws and one defeat during his reign as manager as the club remains in the relegation zone with 14 points from 17 matches.

However, the former Nigerian international has denied the news saying his role was changed from being the head coach to director of the club’s academies across Africa.

Meanwhile, Leakblast had earlier reported that Tanzania terminated Amuneke appointment after his side’s poor performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The former Super Eagles winger was appointed head coach of the Taifa Stars in August 2018 and qualified them for the 32nd edition of the continental championship. They however failed to pick a point at the competition having lost all three group matches against Algeria, Senegal and Kenya in Group C.

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And Algeria compounded their woes by thrashing them 3-0 in their last game as they finish with zero point at the end of group games. The poor outing in Egypt was unacceptable for the country’s football FA and decided to terminate the contract of the former Super Eagles star.

The Taifa Stars qualified for the African championship for the first time in 39 years under the tutelage of the former Nigerian winger.

However, Super Eagles legend Finidi George is one of the very few Nigerian stars to have won the UEFA Champions League title in the history of the competition.

The retired winger won the European title while playing for Dutch League outfit Ajax Amsterdam in 1995 after beating AC Milan with Patrick Kluivert scoring the only goal of the match.

Though the ex-Eagles star spent just three seasons at the club, his impact was felt for a long time and his picture remains on the wall of fame at the Johan Cryuff’s Arena.

The 48-year-old came close to winning his second straight UCL title the following season but they lost to Juventus 4-2 on penalties after playing 1-1 during the open game. He left the Dutch club to start a new challenge in Spain after joining Real Betis in 1996, but he made his mark before leaving the Dutch club.

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