*Lauds standard of play in Egypt
Former Head Coach of the Taifa Stars of Tanzania, Emmanuel Amuneke, has hailed champions Algeria for their tactical and technical masterclass which saw them edged the duo of Senegal and Nigeria to win the 2019 AFCON title, AOIFootball.com reports.
Speaking exclusively to AOIFootball.com, the former member of the FIFA/CAF Technical Study Group stated that the Desert Foxes had the edge due to the combination of individual and team effort which Nigeria and Senegal failed to efficiently work on.
“Algeria, from the first game against Kenya, showed very clearly how matured they were as a team and also showed how tactically disciplined they were.
“They were a team that managed the game to their own advantage; they defended well and showed they had the best midfield in the competition which made it very easy for their defenders all through the competition,” Amuneke said.
He further praised the effort of Senegal and Nigeria but faulted both nations’ over-reliance on individual players which might have caused them the chance to lift the trophy in Egypt.
Amuneke however lauded the standard of play at Africa’s biggest biannual football fiesta.
The former Super Eagles player, who guided Tanzania to their first AFCON in 39 years at the mundial, praised the level of technical approach exhibited at the tournament whilst squashing fears that could have occurred due to the competition’s expansion.
“The Nations Cup in Egypt was of standard. Initially, people were scared of how the 24 teams will perform, considering it was the first time more than 16 nations participated.
“It also showed that African football is growing and teams that showed more knowledge and depth technically had the advantage over teams with more individual players, that’s why Algeria, which had all these qualities emerged champions,” Amuneke added.
He also posited that positive lessons can be taken from the competition ahead of the 2021 tournament in Cameroon as less fancied teams will look to upset the big boys.