Nigeria Football Association appoint Finidi George as Super Eagles head coach

 

Nigeria Football Association appoint Finidi George as Super Eagles head coach ahead of crucial 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin

The NFF have chosen to prioritise experience and continuity by appointing the former winger to the head coaching role.

.George officially appointed Super Eagles coach
.He takes over the vacant position after Peseiro
.The ex-player will look to guide Nigeria to the Fifa World Cup

WHAT HAPPENED?

George's appointment follows a period of uncertainty following José Peseiro's departure. The Portuguese manager's contract ended in February 2024, leaving a gap after leading the Super Eagles to a commendable second-place finish at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Although Peseiro secured qualification for the tournament in Ivory Coast, lacklustre draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe during the early stages of the 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers raised doubts about his future.


WHAT THE STATEMENT SAID?

“The Board of Nigeria Football Federation on Monday approved the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee to appoint former ace winger Finidi George as Head Coach of the Senior Men National Football Team, Super Eagles,” the statement said via the NFF website.

“George, who spent 20 months as assistant to JosĂ© Santos Peseiro before the Portuguese voluntarily left the post following the accomplishment of Africa Cup of Nations runner-up position at Cote d’Ivoire 2023, took charge of the squad in an interim capacity during two friendly matches in Morocco last month.

“His squad edged 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.

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 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,” the statement continued.


WHAT MORE?

“The 52-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Real Betis (Spain) forward, who made a scoring debut for the fatherland in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Burkina Faso at the National Stadium, Lagos on 27th July 1991, also featured for Calabar Rovers and Sharks FC in the domestic scene before heading to Europe. He assisted Rashidi Yekini (of blessed memory) to score Nigeria’s first-ever Fifa World Cup goal against Bulgaria in Dallas, USA on 19th June 1994.

“George had actually scored the goal that took Nigeria to that Fifa World Cup debut, when he put Nigeria ahead against hosts Algeria in a crucial qualifier in Algiers on 8th October 1993. The match eventually ended 1-1 and earned Nigeria a ticket to the finals in America.

“George’s immediate task will be to guide the Super Eagles to victory in two 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic in Uyo and Abidjan respectively, in a little over five weeks. The matches are must-win encounters, with the Super Eagles lagging behind in third place in Group C of the African campaign behind Rwanda and South Africa,” it ended.


WHAT NEXT FOR THE SUPER EAGLES?

Under immense pressure to secure qualification for the Fifa World Cup and with high expectations from the passionate Nigerian fanbase, George will be focused on leading the team to victory in the upcoming matches.

Their next game against Bafana Bafana is set for June 3rd, followed by Benin on June 10th.


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