World Cup playoff: Amuneke blames one Super Eagles star after Nigeria’s failure to qualify
Former Super Eagles star, Emmanuel Amuneke has slammed Emmanuel Dennis for not helping his teammates defensively in the 1-1 draw vs Ghana
Amuneke blasted Dennis after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar coming up in November.
Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw with the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Tuesday evening meant Nigeria will not be at the World Cup.
The first leg ended 0-0 in Kumasi with Samuel Chukwueze playing the same role Dennis was given by coach Austin Eguavoen on Tuesday.
Dennis was one of five changes to the side that held the Black Stars to a goalless draw in Kumasi, coming in to replace the injured Chukwueze at the right-wing.
Amuneke out that the Watford star failed to carry out defensive duties in Abuja, so much so that he was reminded to do his bit.
Amuneke, who was the Super Eagles assistant coach, told Brila FM, “The important thing is to know the strength of your player, to know what he can do with and without the ball.
“We called him and reminded him [Dennis]why he has to track back but calling him is not just enough because each player has to understand their responsibility on the pitch.
“I must admit each player has different abilities, some can defend better than others and that’s why football is a team game”.