Finidi George Appointed New Head Coach of Nigeria's Super Eagles

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In a significant development for Nigerian football, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles winger Finidi George as the new head coach of the nation’s senior men’s national team.

Following thorough deliberation and approval from the NFF Board, the decision was made official through a statement released on Monday. George, a 52-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam and Real Betis forward, emerged as the preferred choice after the NFF’s Technical and Development Committee recommended his appointment.

George's journey to the helm saw him serve as an assistant to outgoing coach José Santos Peseiro for 20 months before stepping into the role of interim coach. During his interim tenure, George led the team in two friendly matches in Morocco, where they secured a historic victory against Ghana, ending an 18-year winless streak, before facing defeat against Mali.

Noted for his illustrious playing career, George is hailed as a member of the ‘Golden Generation’ that triumphed in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and shone at the FIFA World Cup finals in the same year. With 62 caps for Nigeria, including appearances in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, George brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

His immediate task is to guide the Super Eagles to victory in crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and the Benin Republic. Currently trailing in third place in Group C of the African campaign, these matches are considered must-win encounters for Nigeria's football aspirations.

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