20.03.2024, 07:47

Finidi George Takes Temporary Charge of Super Eagles Ahead of Friendlies

Finidi George Takes Temporary Charge of Super Eagles Ahead of Friendlies

In a significant development for Nigerian football, Finidi George has been appointed as the temporary head coach of the Super Eagles for their upcoming friendlies against Ghana and Mali. This interim position is a crucial opportunity for George, who is among over 20 candidates vying for the permanent coaching role left vacant since February.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been on the lookout for a new head coach following the non-renewal of Jose Peseiro's contract. Finidi George, a former assistant to Peseiro, now steps into the spotlight with a chance to prove his mettle. The 52-year-old's performance in these matches could tilt the scales in his favour for the permanent position.

An unnamed NFF official emphasized that while George's good performance would be advantageous, it would not guarantee him the job. The official highlighted the importance of considering all applicants fairly, noting George's familiarity with the team and his contributions during Peseiro's tenure.

For his first test as the interim coach, Finidi will be without key players such as Victor Osimhen, Taiwo Awoniyi, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Gabriel Osho due to injuries. Despite these absences, expectations are high for the Super Eagles under his guidance.

Finidi George is no stranger to Nigerian football. A member of the famed "Class of 94," he made his debut for Nigeria in 1991 and played a pivotal role in the team's qualification for their first FIFA World Cup in 1994. With a distinguished playing career that includes a UEFA Champions League win with Ajax Amsterdam and stints in Spain and the English Premier League, Finidi brings a wealth of experience to the table.

Currently holding a UEFA Pro Licence and having led Enyimba to the Nigeria league title in 2023, Finidi's coaching credentials are solid. As Nigeria prepares to face Ghana on March 22 and Mali four days later in Morocco, all eyes will be on Finidi George and the Super Eagles, as they embark on this new chapter.

Tobiloba Jimoh
Sports Analyst


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