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George Finidi named new head coach of Nigeria

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In a move that has sent waves of nostalgia and optimism across Nigerian football, legendary winger Finidi George has been entrusted with the daunting task of reviving the Super Eagles’ faltering 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 53-year-old, who etched his name into the annals of Nigerian soccer as part of the iconic ‘Golden Generation’, was appointed head coach this week, succeeding Jose Peseiro after the Portuguese’s departure in the wake of February’s TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations final defeat to Cote d’Ivoire.

George’s ascension to the helm is a homecoming of sorts, the former Ajax and Real Betis star having spent 20 months as Peseiro’s assistant.

“The Board of Nigeria Football Federation on Monday approved the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee to appoint former ace winger Finidi George as Head Coach of the Senior Men National Football Team, Super Eagles,” the NFF said in a statement.

Now, he finds himself at the forefront of a mission to rekindle the Super Eagles’ fading World Cup dream, with Nigeria’s hopes of reaching the 2026 showpiece in North America hanging by a thread

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