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Finidi George: 5 Things To Know About New Nigeria’s Super Eagles Interim Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed experienced Enyimba coach, Finidi George as Super Eagles interim coach.

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The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed experienced Enyimba coach, Finidi George as Super Eagles interim coach.

Finidi George, the former assistance coach of the Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been given the mandate to lead the national team as interim coach ahead of the upcoming friendlies.

VerseSports understands that Nigeria is set to take on West African rivals Ghana on Friday, March 22nd at the Grand Stade de Marrakech in Morocco, followed by a match against Mali four days later at the same venue.

The vacancy arises after Jose Peseiro’s contract expired, following his guidance of Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

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Peseiro announced his departure after over 22 months with Nigeria via X, formerly known as Twitter. Now, the management position for the Super Eagles is up for grabs, leaving George to fill in on an interim basis for the upcoming fixtures.

“Yesterday, we concluded our contract with the NFF. It was a pride and honour to coach the Super Eagles. It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfilment,” George wrote

He also showed appreciation to the NFF: “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.

Ahead of his first game as Super Eagles interim coach, here are five things to know about Finidi George, the new Super Eagles gaffer.

1. Former Super Eagles Star

Finidi George is a well-known figure in Nigerian football, having enjoyed a successful playing career with the Super Eagles.

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As a former winger, he represented Nigeria in several international tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.

2. European Football Experience

Finidi George gained valuable experience playing in top European leagues, notably with Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Real Betis in Spain.

Finidi George: 5 Things To Know About New Nigeria's Super Eagles Interim Coach

His time in Europe exposed him to high-level football and honed his skills as a player.

3. Coaching Career

Following his retirement from professional football, Finidi George transitioned into coaching. He has held various coaching roles, including serving as an assistant coach to Jose Peseiro.

His coaching experience and understanding of the game makes him a suitable candidate for the interim coaching role, and he would be hoping he can get the job on a permanent basis.

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4. Managerial Role at Enyimba

Currently, Finidi is the Chief coach of one of Nigeria’s leading football clubs, Enyimba FC.

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His tenure at Enyimba has provided him with firsthand experience in managing a team and handling the complexities of football management.

5. Temporary Appointment

Finidi George’s appointment as the interim coach of the Super Eagles comes after the departure of Jose Peseiro. With his wealth of experience as a player and a coach, George is expected to tinker the side in the right direction.

If the Super Eagles should defeat Ghana and Mali, with some impressive displays, Finidi George might get a good shout in getting the Super Eagles job on a permanent basis.

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