Finidi George to Lead Nigeria in Friendly Clashes with Ghana and Mali

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The Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles is without a head coach as the team prepares for upcoming friendlies.

Former assistant coach,Finidi George will step in as interim coach.

Nigeria is set to take on West African rivals Ghana on Friday, March 22nd at the Grand Stade de Marrakech in Morocco, followed by a match against Mali four days later at the same venue.

The vacancy arises after Jose Peseiro’s contract expired, following his guidance of Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Peseiro announced his departure after over 22 months with Nigeria via X, formerly known as Twitter. Now, the management position for the Super Eagles is up for grabs, leaving George to fill in on an interim basis for the upcoming fixtures.

“Yesterday, we concluded our contract with the NFF. It was a pride and honour to coach the Super Eagles. It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfilment,” he wrote

He also showed appreciation to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF): “We would like to express our gratitude to Sir Amaju Pinnick (the president who signed us), President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, the NFF, all the Staff, and especially all the PLAYERS, with whom leading has been a great pleasure.

“Guys, we are thankful; it has been a privilege to be part of this family. We will miss you, but we will always be there for you, no matter where you are. A big hug to all of you.”

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Finidi George showcased his managerial prowess by leading Nigerian club Enyimba to a record-extending ninth Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) title in a thrilling climax last season.

The People’s Elephant secured the championship with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Rivers United in their final game of the Super Six playoffs at Mobalaji Johnson Stadium in Lagos.

Despite sharing points with Rivers United, Finidi George’s team clinched the trophy thanks to their superior goal difference, as all three sides finished the playoffs tied on nine points. It was a remarkable achievement for Finidi and Enyimba, demonstrating his ability to lead a team to success at the domestic level.

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