Emmanuel Amuneke named Nigeria U17 coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed the former African footballer of the year as the handler of the Golden Eaglets

Emmanuel Amuneke has been named as coach of the Nigeria U17 team by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Amuneke was assistant to coach Manu Garba who led the Golden Eaglets to win the U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year.

Garba and one of his assistants Nduka Ugbade, a former Nigeria international, have been drafted to lead the Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles.

According to Emmanuel Ikpeme head of the NFF's technical committee, his choice was to ensure continuity because of his contributions to the last U17 team.

"We have opted for continuity because these coaches are highly experienced and qualified to continue with the progress we are making," Emmanuel Ikpeme told BBC Sport.

"We've had a couple of disappointing experiences in the past and it was felt that we couldn't take the same route again.

"Amuneke has transformed from a great player to one of the finest youth coaches in Africa and we believe he deserves his under-17 role as well," he concluded.

Amuneke who played 27 times for Nigeria and was named African footballer of the year in 1994 will hope to qualify the Golden Eaglets to the sixteenth U17 World Cup billed for Chile in 2015.