Head Coach of the Taifa Stars of Tanzania, Emmanuel Amuneke has hailed Niger Republic for hosting what he described as a successful U-20 AFCON, following the emergence of Mali as winners of the tournament, AOIFootball.com reports.
Amuneke, who served as a member of the CAF Technical Study Group, told AOIFootball.com exclusively that both CAF and the LOC did a great job to showcase the best of African football at that level.
“It was a great success generally. Eight teams started the tournament fee weeks ago and finally, only one team could win the tournament which was Mali. Organization wise, it was a huge success and the LOC was able to put up a high standard,” Amuneke noted.
On the performance of the four African representative and the World Cup in Poland later in the year, Amuneke noted that they have a chance to fly the continent’s flag but must be ready both mentally, tactically and physically to compete with other country’s from Europe and South America.
“Senegal demonstrated from the group stage that they are one of the best teams in the tournament and were very unlucky not to win it. For South Africa they showed that they were the best team tactically in terms of defensive organization, they were very compact and strong.
“Nigeria was however full of individual players; defensively they were good but offensively they left a lot to be desired. So they must improve offensively and also play like a team if they are to do well ahead of the world cup.
“Mali showed that they also have a very strong team and improved game by game and were deserved champions,” Amuneke concluded.
The former U-17 World Cup winning coach concluded by wishing all qualified nations the very best at the World Cup in Poland later in the year.
Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, and South Africa will fly the continent’s flag at the biannual tournament, hoping to repeat the feat achieved by Ghana at the 2009 edition in Egypt where Africa reigned supreme for the very first time in the tournament.