Despite failures with national team jobs Imama Amapakabo express satisfaction

Super Eagles assistant coach Imama Amapakabo has expressed satisfaction with his personal achievements as a coach in 2019.

Amapakabo made this known while giving an assessment of how he fared this year.

He took charge of the home-based Eagles that got knocked out in the qualifiers for next year’s Africa Nations Championship  (CHAN) by Togo.

Also he led the U-23 Eagles to this year’s U-23 AFCON where they crashed out in the group stage and will not be at the football event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Despite the setbacks, the 1985 U-17 FIFA World Cup Winner with the Golden Eaglets, described this year as the best for him.

“It is the best year for me,” Amapakabo told Brila FM.

“Imama Amapakabo had the opportunity that many other had never had. Assistant coach of the Super Eagles, head coach of CHAN Eagles, head coach of U-23, whatever the results are, all glory to God I think it’s a blessed year for me.

“I am a coach and I try to do my best at all times and get results as much as I possibly can.

“Like I say all the time I’m like a grave digger, the day I win games I dig four shovels, the day I lose I dig 200.”

Amapakabo’s biggest achievements as a coach was in 2016 when he led Enugu Rangers to their first league title in over 30 years.

He began his coaching career in 2002 when was appointed coach of Sharks (now Rivers United).

He left the Port-Harcourt-based club and was appointed Enugu Rangers coach in 2012 before going on to win the league four years later.

On October 18, 2017 he was appointed head coach of El Kanemi Warriors where he signed a one year deal before resigning on October 6, 2018.

At the 1985 FIFA U-17 World Cup in China, he was an unused substitute goalkeeper for the Golden Eaglets behind first choice Lucky Agbonsevbafe.

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