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  The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has recently appointed Finidi George as the coach of the Super Eagles. He was earlier appointed as the interim coach of the Super Eagles following the departure of Jose Peseiro. His stint as the temporary coach saw him garner significant support from fans and players alike, especially after a victorious friendly match against Ghana. The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), later, confirmed his position as the permanent coach.
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Finidi George’s Football Journey and Accolades

Finidi George is no stranger to the world of football, having had an illustrious playing career with clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam and Real Betis, and being a key player for the Nigerian national team. His coaching career includes a managerial role at Enyimba FC, where he led the team to a Nigeria Premier Football League title. As a player, he was part of the golden generation of the Super Eagles, contributing significantly to the team’s successes in the 1990s, including scoring pivotal goals that helped Nigeria qualify for their first FIFA World Cup finals in 1994.
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Reactions to the Appointment

The confirmation of Finidi George as the permanent coach was met with widespread approval. Fans expressed their support on social media, praising his leadership and tactical acumen shown during the interim period. Players, too, voiced their endorsements, with prominent figures like Kelechi Iheanacho praising Finidi’s ability to unite and lead the team effectively. The consensus among the football community was that Finidi’s deep connection to Nigerian football and his recent coaching successes made him a fitting choice to lead the Super Eagles forward.
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The appointment of Finidi George as the Super Eagles’ permanent coach is a landmark moment for Nigerian football. It symbolizes a trust in local coaching talents and a recognition of the rich football legacy embodied by Finidi George. His journey from a celebrated player to the helm of the national team is a testament to the wealth of potential within Nigerian football coaching ranks, inspiring a new generation of football enthusiasts.
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This article was first published on 1st May 2024

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