Here are four key takeaways from the announcement of Finidi’s appointment as the new coach of the Super Eagles.

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The Nigeria national team has a new coach, Finidi George, who was officially unveiled on May 13, 2024, after using the March international friendlies to audition for the job.

The 53-year-old received a warm reception at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, where the ceremony was held in the presence of Nigeria’s Sports Minister John Enoh and the top brass of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

It is exciting to see George begin his tenure in earnest as the team’s substantive coach.

George has achieved impressive success as a manager, including leading Enyimba FC to win the Nigerian league in 2021. However, taking on the role of head coach for the Super Eagles is his biggest and most challenging endeavor yet.

Here are four key takeaways we gained from the event.

1. Finidi George to lead Nigerian football team on a short-term basis

The Nigerian Football Federation has granted Finidi George a one-year contract to showcase his abilities as head coach.

While some may view the length of the contract as a lack of trust in George, it could also be seen as a wise decision to avoid potential financial liabilities if the partnership does not work out.

Nevertheless, a one-year contract may not provide enough time for any coach to develop a successful team, especially one implementing a new style of play.

2. After much speculation, Finidi George has announced his choices for his backroom staff

The 53-year-old has selected a diverse group of coaches, both local and foreign, to support him. This decision comes after weeks of debate over who would be included in George’s team.

3. NFF hpromised Finidi George complete autonomy to carry out his duties without interference

It was revealed during George’s unveiling that he would have complete control over key decisions like player selection. The NFF has shown unwavering support for George and promised to provide him with all the resources he needs to succeed. While some may question their motives, it’s only fair to give them the benefit of the doubt.

4. Finidi George provides opportunities for NPFL players to showcase their skills

Finidi George, the new coach of Nigeria’s national football team, has made a promise to only select players who are actively playing for their clubs.

However, Finidi George believes that any player who is good and actively playing has a chance to play for the national team, including those from the Nigerian Professional Football League. As an experienced coach in the local league, Finidi George is well-informed about the players and their abilities.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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