Finidi George Appointed As New Super Eagles Head Coach

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Finidi George, a former Super Eagles winger and assistant to ex-coach Jose Santos Peseiro, has been appointed as the new head coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The NFF Board approved the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee to entrust the 52-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam and Real Betis forward with the position.

George had previously served as an interim coach following Peseiro’s departure after the Super Eagles’ successful run to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

In his interim role, George led the team to a 2-1 victory against Ghana, ending an 18-year winless streak, before suffering a 0-2 loss to Mali in friendly matches held in Morocco last month.

“George, a member of the so-styled ‘Golden Generation’ that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia and emerged as the second most entertaining team in Nigeria’s debut at the FIFA World Cup finals in USA the same year, won 62 caps for Nigeria, including featuring at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals,” the NFF statement read.

Reflecting on his remarkable playing career, the announcement highlighted George’s accomplishments, which encompass “gold, silver, and bronze medals from the 1992, 1994, 2000, and 2002 AFCON tournaments.”

One of George’s standout moments occurred when he “provided an assist to Rashidi Yekini (may he rest in peace) for Nigeria’s first-ever FIFA World Cup goal against Bulgaria in Dallas, USA on 19th June 1994,” as stated.

The new head coach of the Super Eagles will have an immediate challenge in leading the team to success in two crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and the Benin Republic in Uyo and Abidjan, respectively, over the next five weeks.

The NFF announcement underscored that “the matches are must-win games, with the Super Eagles currently trailing in third place in Group C of the African campaign behind Rwanda and South Africa.”

Recall that Jose Peseiro publicly announced that he is no longer the Super Eagles head coach.

The Portuguese tactician announced this in a brief message on the social media platform X.

“Yesterday, we concluded our contract with the NFF.

“It was a pride and honor to coach the Super Eagles. It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfillment.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Sir Amaju Pinnick (the president who signed us), President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, the NFF, all the Staff, and especially all the PLAYERS, with whom leading has been a great pleasure.

“Guys, we are thankful; it has been a privilege to be part of this family. We will miss you, but we will always be there for you, no matter where you are. A big hug to all of you.” he wrote.

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