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NFF appoints Finidi George as Super Eagles coach

Boom RadioNG | April 29, 2024

The board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has today announced the approval of the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee to appoint Finidi George as Head Coach for the Super Eagles.

Finidi George, who worked as assistant coach to Jose Peseiro for 20 months took charge of the squad in an interim capacity during the eagles’ last two friendly matches in Morocco last month.

While in charge, the squad defeated Ghana 2-1 in the first match, ending an 18-year winless streak against the Black Stars, but then lost 0-2 to Mali in the second game.

The 52 year old, a member of the ‘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 the USA the same year, won 62 caps for Nigeria, including featuring at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals. He also won gold, silver, and bronze medals from the 1992, 1994, 2000, and 2002 AFCON tournaments.

Finidi George New Head Coach of the Super Eagles

Finidi George New Head Coach of the Super Eagles

Club wise, a former Ajax Amsterdam and Real Betis forward also featured for Calabar Rovers and Sharks FC in the domestic scene before heading to Europe.

He was the assist in Rashidi Yekini’s Nigeria’s first ever FIFA World Cup goal against Bulgaria in Dallas, USA on 19th June 1994 and had scored the goal that took Nigeria to that FIFA World Cup debut after playing a 1-1 draw with Algeria in Algiers on 8th October 1993.

Finidi George’s immediate crucial task will be to guide the Super Eagles to victory in two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and the Benin Republic in Uyo and Abidjan respectively, in a few weeks time.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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