Tanzania yet to pay Amuneke $18,000 balance two years after disengagement
Exclusive by Sab Osuji
Tanzania Football Federation, TFF, are yet to off set Emmanuel Amuneke’s contractual entitlements nearly two years after the Nigeria born gaffer left ther services of the East African country, Orient Sports can exclusively report.
And it has been gathered that the outstanding money is $18, 000 (N6, 848.262m).
The former FC Barcelona winger penned a two year deal with the Tanzanian Football Federation in 2018 and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics soccer gold medalist hauled the Taifa Stars into history with qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, their first in 39 years.
The last time Tanzania reached the AFCON finals was in 1980 in Lagos, Nigeria, where they were logged in poll A with the hosts and eventual winners, Nigeria’s Green Eagles who dimmed the Taifa Stars 3-1 in their opening group clash.
Tanzania crashed out of the 2019 AFCON tournament in the group stage after losing all three group games.
The hierarchy of TFF soon after relieved the FIFA U17 World Cup winning coach atChile 2015 of his managerial role but have yet to completely pay him nearly two years after.
It was learnt that the 1994 African Player of thw Year has continued to press on TFF to do the needful but his efforts have not hit the positive cord, a situation that has left the 1994 AFCON winner frustrated.
Amuneke, who is unwilling to conclude that Tanzania are playing games with him, is equally not keen on twisting the arms of his debtors by reporting them to higher football authorities, FIFA.
It was further scooped that correspondences between Amuneke and the TFF General Secretary, Kidao Wilfred, appears broken down as it was understood that recently, Amuneke’s mails and messages demanding for TFF to keep to their side of their earlier agreement had been unanswered.
“It’s not really nice that I’m yet to be paid. Equally, I think it’s not good for them that they are owing. Yes, I need the money, $18, 000 (N6,848.262m) is a huge sum but we all know the present economic situation around the World today.
“So, let’s hope and pray the find the money to pay”, Amuneke old Orient from his base in Spain.
Amuneke’s managerial career began in 2008 at Al Hazim fc, a Saudi Arabian club in the capacity of an Assistant Coach before assisting Manu Garba to win the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in Dubai, UAE, in 2013.
In 2014, the Eziobodo, Owerri, Imo State born gaffer was entrusted with U17 Golden Eaglets assignment as head coach to defend the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile 2015, a project he successfully executed.
Later, he was promoted to the U20 Flying Eagles but his squad fell one short on the final hurdle to qualify for the CAF U20 AFCON following defeat by Sudan on away goals rule, a result that left Amuneke disappointed.
His coaching savvy was soon to bespotted by Sudanese club, Al Khartoum in 2017/2018 before he was contracted by Tanzania in 2018/2019. The Copa Del Rey winner with Barcelona in 1996/97 was contracted by Egyptian club, Misr Lel Makkasa last year.