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AFCON 2019: Tanzania sack Emmanuel Amuneke

Valentine Chinyem

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Following its failure to qualify for yhe knockout stages of the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) have parted ways with coach and former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke.

Amuneke who made history by qualifying the Taifa Stars of Tanzania for the Nations cup for the first time in 39 years failed to win a match in the group stage where the team was pitched against Algeria, Senegal and Kenya.

The team lost 3-0 to Algeria, 3-2 to Kenya and 2-0 to Senegal to exit the competition conceding 8 goals and scoring just two against Kenya.

According to a statement published on its website on Monday, “The Tanzania Football Association and the national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, have reached a joint agreement to terminate the contract.”

The Federation said a temporary coach would be appointed after their emergency meeting on Thursday, and he would lead them for the upcoming qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The former Barcelona striker, who coached Sudanese club Al Khartoum SC before taking over the Tanzanian national team won the Fifa U-17 World Cup trophy for a record fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 for Nigeria.