In the wake of reports that Amuneke will also play a role in selecting the 2018 FIFA Best Player, from a pool of 10 top stars that will be short listed this month, the 1994 African Footballer of The Year said it is a great privilege for him to be so recognised by the body.
Amuneke said his appreciation has gone even higher, as he returns to the Mundial to resume work with the technical group that will study players’ performances and coaches’ tactics, as they roll out match reports for all the quarter-finals that start on Friday.
Aside his Russia 2018 duties, the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning coach has also been named alongside Ronaldo De Lima, Fabio Capello and Frank Lampard in a panel to name the next Best FIFA Football Awards 2018, all of which he says make him grateful.
Amuenke said: “I feel grateful. It is a good one for me personally. It is not just because of my time playing football.
“I am grateful FIFA deemed me good enough to be part of the exercise. I will continue to work harder and add my quota to the development of football.”