Head coach of Tanzania and former Eagles player, Emmanuel Amunike has revealed that he and his players have changed their mindset, as they look to compete and prove critics wrong, especially those who have predicted an early exit for his side.
Emmanuel Amuneke, former Barcelona winger and current coach of Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the success stories of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying tournament after securing a place for the Taifa Stars on the continental soccer table for the first time since 1980 when they made their debut.
Reflecting on the team’s preparation for the AFCON, Amunike said in a chat with www.brila.net that the main purpose for him as coach of the team is to make sure they enforce their game plan as a team at the tournament while looking to make an impact.
“We have to now look at areas that we can enforce our game as a team, we have to change our mindset for us to go out there and compete”.
“What we are talking about now is that what impact can we bring to the AFCON which will commence”.
All the big boys of African football in Diaspora would be on parade in Egypt and while hosts Egypt would as expected be completed with African Footballer of the Year and Liverpool, Mohammed Sallah; Senegal also has Liverpool striker Sadio Mane; Nigeria has a clutch of enterprising youngsters in Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal amongst others.
But Amunike reckons Tanzania has a joker in the pack in the shape of Mbwana Ally Samatta- the free-scoring striker with Belgian Jupiler side Genk who incidentally is the captain of the Taifa Stars.