On Sunday in Johannesburg, the 24-year-old Warri Wolves forward scored the goal that ended Nigeria’s 19-year wait for a continental glory as they won their third Nations Cup trophy at the expense of Burkina Faso.
In the 1994 final in Tunisia, Emmanuel Amuneke came off the bench to fire two goals past Zambia and gave the Super Eagles their second Nations Cup triumph after they first won the tournament on home soil in 1980.
Amuneke, who was then playing for top Egyptian side Zamalek, would subsequently move to Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and eventually Barcelona.
“I hope I can also get a deal in Europe after what I achieved at the Nations Cup,” said the former Nigeria U17 star, who was also the match winner against star-studded Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals of the competition.
His exploits have already sparked off interest from top German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
In 2008, he was close to teaming up with Spanish lower league side Elche, but the deal collapsed after his local club, Enugu Rangers, demanded too much money.
“A transfer abroad is the next step for his career after his decisive goals capped a very decent tournament for him,” said Nigerian football agent Vincent Alumona, who was behind the player’s move to Spain five years ago