Finidi George Takes Reins as Super Eagles Coach, Aims to Make Nigerians Proud in International Friendlies

Following the departure of Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, George has been appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to lead the Super Eagles in their encounters against West African rivals Ghana and Les Aigles of Mali

In a bid to steer the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, to greater heights, former Ajax player Finidi George has assumed the role of head coach, with a resolute determination to uphold the team’s prestige and make the nation proud in their upcoming international friendlies.

Following the departure of Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, George has been appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to lead the Super Eagles in their encounters against West African rivals Ghana and Les Aigles of Mali.

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The matches are scheduled to take place at the Grand Stade de Marrakech, Morocco, with the Ghana fixture set for Friday and the Mali clash on March 26.

Expressing his commitment to the task at hand, George emphasized the immense responsibility that comes with coaching the national team.

He asserted, “As a coach, there’s a huge responsibility that comes with the job, but that’s what we do. You have to be calm, do your job, and ensure you do it properly.”

George’s tenure as head coach comes after a 21-month period during which he understudied Peseiro, during which the Eagles secured a commendable second-place finish at the 34th Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire. Now, with the baton firmly in his grip, George aims to lead the team to new heights of success.

With the eyes of the nation fixed firmly on their performance, George is determined to deliver results that will resonate with Nigerians.

He emphasized the significance of the upcoming friendlies, stating, “The AFCON is gone, and these are two games that are very crucial to Nigeria. So, we will take it very seriously and make sure we get the best out of these games.”

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George’s leadership will be vital as the Super Eagles gear up for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June. In preparation for these crucial fixtures, George has commenced training sessions with the team in Marrakech, where he aims to fine-tune the players’ skills, tactics, and overall strategy.

Despite encountering some setbacks due to injuries that have ruled out key players such as Gabriel Osho, Tyronne Ebuehi, Victor Osimhen, and Taiwo Awoniyi from the friendlies, George remains optimistic about the team’s prospects.

Reflecting on the training sessions, he remarked, “The training has been good even though we are still waiting for some players. But the players that are here now have done a good job in training.”

With a blend of seasoned veterans and emerging talents, George believes that the team spirit is high and is confident in the capabilities of the players at his disposal.

As the Super Eagles embark on this new chapter under Finidi George’s guidance, Nigerian football fans eagerly anticipate witnessing their beloved team showcase their prowess on the international stage, aiming to bring honour and glory to the nation.

In the coming days, all eyes will be on George and his charges as they strive to make Nigeria proud with their performances against Ghana and Mali, laying the groundwork for a successful campaign in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

 

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