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Finidi George takes over as Super Eagles head coach



Former Nigeria International, Finidi George has been officially appointed as coach of the Super Eagles.

The seat had been vacant since former coach Jose Peseiro left following the second-place finish of the Eagles at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in February.

After the long wait for the Portuguese’s replacement, the Board of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) approved the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee to appoint Finidi George.

George, who spent 20 months as assistant to Peseiro, took charge of the squad in interim capacity during two friendly matches in Morocco last month.

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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’, 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’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.

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