Former coach of the Taifa Stars of Tanzania, Emmanuel Amuneke, has backed striker Paul Onuachu to adapt well into the Super Eagles team.
The lanky forward who came on as a substitute for Victor Osimhen in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Brazil received a heavy backlash from some fans after the friendly clash in Singapore.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with brila.net, Amuneke, former Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner stated that Onuachu has been impressive in the Belgian top flight league and should be given enough time to adapt into the senior national team.
”We should know that players adapt differently, there are players who take time to adapt in the team quickly, you as a coach you have to be able to understand all these situation.
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“As for Onuachu, he is doing well for his club in Genk, probably the national team is a different terrain for him, but sometimes you know, there are players that are good in their clubs but couldn’t adapt quickly with their national team, at times such a player needs time to adapt,” Amuneke, 1994 African Footballer of the Year said.
Onuachu, it will be recalled, scored on his debut for Nigeria against Egypt in a test game in Asaba, and was in the team to the recently-concluded 2019 AFCON in Egypt,