Raphael Ekpang, Abuja
African football specialist, Tunde Adelakun, has expressed surprise at the exclusion of Chelsea’s Director of Football, Michael Emenalo, from the list of notable achievers of African football. Adelakun, the Chief Executive of New African Soccer, said, “If Emenalo were to be from other countries, he would be revered for his achievements”.
“Emenalo cannot be excluded from the stories of success at Chelsea football club,” Adelakun said.
“And when the names of big Africans who made Chelsea successful are being mentioned, the likes of (Didier) Drogba, (Michael) Essien, (Salomon) Kalou and even guys like (Celestine) Babayaro before him, we must not forget to praise Michael Emenalo.”
Emenalo was a member of the 1994 Super Eagles squad that won the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia and represented the country at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
“In this day and age when managers are hired and fired, where managers come in to clubs and say they don’t want to work with this sporting director or the other, Emenalo has weathered them all, working successfully with some of the greatest names in world football who have gone to manage Chelsea,” Adelakun emphasized.