NFF Moves to Dismiss Finidi George as Super Eagles Coach After Defeat | #NwokeukwuMascot


Photo: Finidi George

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has initiated steps to dismiss Finidi George, head coach of the senior national team, following a recent defeat to Benin Republic. This development, reported exclusively by, signals potential upheaval within the Super Eagles' management as they struggle in the World Cup qualifiers.

The Super Eagles are currently placed fifth in their group, winless in four consecutive games. Should Zimbabwe secure a favorable result against South Africa, Nigeria could find themselves at the bottom of the standings.

Finidi George, who succeeded Jose Peseiro as head coach, signed a one-year contract with an option for extension based on performance criteria, including qualification for the next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and reaching its semi-finals. Despite the World Cup qualifiers being on hold until March next year, Finidi’s position remains precarious. A poor performance in the AFCON qualifiers could lead to his dismissal as early as September.

A board member of the NFF indicated that Finidi’s tenure might be short-lived: “Even Finidi knows his future is tied to the game in September. He can’t say we didn’t give him the support he needed because he got everything but didn’t make the best of it. He probably won’t be here when the qualifiers for the World Cup resume.”

The decision to appoint Finidi has also come under scrutiny. The NFF board member revealed that Finidi was appointed without an interview process, despite numerous applications from other candidates following Peseiro’s exit. “We didn’t interview anybody. The decision to appoint Finidi was taken by the president of the NFF, and not even the technical committee recommended him. Nobody interviewed Finidi; that is why it was after his announcement that terms were agreed for his release from Enyimba and his wages plus assistants.”

Regarding potential successors should Finidi be dismissed, the board member suggested financial constraints had previously hindered the appointment of a foreign coach. “Those who said no money for a foreign coach won’t say so anymore now that we are in a precarious situation. Finidi is still the coach, but I don’t know for how long.”

This turmoil reflects broader challenges within Nigerian football as the Super Eagles navigate crucial qualifiers and aim to restore their standing in international competitions.


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