Former Nigeria international and current Head Coach of the Tanzania national team, Emmanuel Amuneke, has urged the current crop of Super Eagles’ players to strive harder to be recognized by CAF, AOIFootball.com reports.
Having won the Africa Footballer of the Year Award, told AOIFootball.com exclusively after the awards ceremony in Dakar, that it was indeed painful to see no Nigerian mentioned among the top winners of the night.
“Obviously every Nigerian will be sad that none of our players made it to the top standing in the CAF awards. I believe this will come as a challenge to them to step up their game.
“They need to work harder to ensure they return Nigeria to the glory days of individual awards because it is painful that after 20 years no Nigerian can win the best player of the continent,” Amuneke lamented.
He, however, refused to be drawn into criticisms of some outstanding Nigerian players who deserve a place in the CAF XI, maintaining that they should work harder.
It his now on record that since the triumph of Kanu Nwankwo in 1999, no Nigerian player has won the African Player of the Year award. The duo of Mikel Obi and Vincent Enyeama came close in the last decade after finishing second and third in 2013 and 2014, respectively.