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NFF to Appoint Expatriate Adviser After Super Eagles’ Abysmal World Cup Qualifying Start

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Afor Kenneth

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced plans to appoint an expatriate technical adviser to support the Super Eagles following a disappointing start to their 2026 World Cup qualification campaign.

The team has struggled, failing to secure a win in four matches, including a surprising loss to Benin Republic.

This outcome has led to fan backlash and calls for Finidi George’s removal. In response, the NFF has issued an apology to fans and plans to finalize the appointment of a technical adviser within the coming weeks to enhance the team’s preparation and performance.

“The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation held a meeting on Wednesday, 12th June 2024 in hybrid mode to deliberate on important issues in Nigeria Football and resolved as follows:

“The Executive Committee wholeheartedly apologized to Nigerians for the dismal output and subsequent very poor returns of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles, in four out of 10 matches in the ongoing qualification series for the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals, and pledged to work assiduously and put necessary measures in place to ensure a better-prepared squad ahead of the AFCON 2025 qualifiers in September this year and the resumption of the World Cup qualifiers in March 2025,” the NFF said.

“Further to (1) above, the Executive Committee resolved to employ an expatriate Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles in the coming weeks, ahead of the AFCON qualifiers and the remaining FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.”

It is pertinent to note that Finidi’s role in the Super Eagles is uncertain.

The NFF also “expressed displeasure with the poor attitude of some of the players to the national assignment, and unanimously decided in favour of a more robust scouting programme of outstanding Nigeria-eligible players from across the four corners of the universe, who can add tremendous value to the nation’s flagship team”.

In addition to addressing the Super Eagles’ performance, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has also pledged to provide support to the Super Falcons as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic Games in France, scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 11.

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