Former Super Eagles’ star, Emmanuel Amuneke as praised the achievement of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for putting together a workshop for African teams which participated at the just concluded Mundial, AOIFootball.com reports.
Amuneke, who was a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group, told AOIFootball.com that the failure of the continent’s representatives was a sad one for him and every other ex-international who monitored the tournament.
“Personally, it was a good idea by CAF, because going into the World Cup, we had the right players and momentum but we lost it in Russia technically.
“Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia could have easily avoided defeat in their first games but were all too naive on the pitch. Senegal, on the other hand, was more disappointing because they had their games all under control but unfortunately lost it,”Amuneke stated.
On the way forward for Africa, the former African Footballer of the Year and U-17 World Cup-winning coach said a symposium like this would go a long way to help the teams before the tournament, whilst also urging federations and associations to continue to improve their teams tactically and mentally.
Amuneke’s next task will be to decide the nominee for this year’s FIFA Best Awards after being named in the committee alongside Brazilian great, Ronaldo de Lima.