A former Golden Eaglets coach and former international, Emmanuel Amuneke, has urged the Nigeria Football Federation to take advantage of the youthfulness of the current Super Eagles to raise another golden generation for Nigeria.
Amuneke, speaking to Saturday Telegraph exclusively noted that it was clear that another golden generation was in the offing for Nigeria but so much work was required to enable this to be a reality.
The former international was part of Nigeria’s golden generation of footballers. He scored the country’s two goals in the 2-1 win over Zambia in the AFCON ’94 final in Tunisia. He also scored Nigeria’s only goal in the in the 2-1 defeat against Italy at the USA ’94 World Cup.
Amuneke told our correspondent from his base in Spain that the likes of Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Alex Iwobi, Joe Aribo, Samuel Kalu, Winfred Ndidi, Henru Onyekuru and Francis Uzoho are big assets to the country.
He said: “What we are experiencing now is a big surge of quality players breaking into the team and doing very great with so much promise.
“I can confirm that this scenario was similar to our time in the 90s which people refer to as the golden generation. We achieved so much because we were together for very long period of time. The understanding came naturally and we were all friends.
“The current boys might even get better because about 10 of them are between 19 and 23, so they can still serve for eight to 10 years and play in two or three World Cups for Nigeria.”
The former international who took Tanzania national team to their first AFCON in 39 years only last summer said the NFF would have to work closely with the handlers of the Eagles to get the best from these youngsters.
“These guys will make their mistakes but they will get better and because of the years ahead, it’s a plus for the team. The NFF should monitor and motivate them because the maturity is not there yet but it will set in gradually but I’m certain that Nigeria is going to be great in a few years because we are yet to see the best of the current team,” Amuneke added.
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