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BREAKING: Finidi George, 52, Named Eagles Coach

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Former Nigerian winger and assistant to former coach José Peseiro, Mr. Finidi George has been appointed as manager of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Finidi’s immediate task is to guide the Super Eagles in two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic in Uyo and Abidjan, respectively, in the next five weeks.

The matches are must-win encounters, as the Super Eagles is currently lagging in third place in Group C of the African campaign behind Rwanda and South Africa.

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Announcement of his appointment came in a statement on Monday, with the NFF Board approving the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee to hand over the reins to the 52-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam and Real Betis forward.

Finidi, who spent 20 months as an assistant to the outgoing José Santos Peseiro, had been serving as the interim coach after the Portuguese tactician’s departure following the Super Eagles’ impressive run to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

During his interim tenure, he oversaw two friendly matches in Morocco, where the Super Eagles ended an 18-year winless streak against Ghana with a 2-1 victory before suffering a 0-2 loss to Mali

“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

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