Nigeria Football Federation appoints Finidi George as new coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles

The former Super Eagles winger Finidi George has been appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the new coach of the senior national football team, Super Eagles, and expected to assume the position left vacant after Jose Peseiro’s contract expired in March.

Penpushing reports that this announcement was made known by the communications officer of the football ruling body Ademola Olajire in a letter confirming that George will be in charge of the Super Eagles as they restart World Cup qualifiers in June.

The new coach it is recalled assisted former coach Peseiro for 20 months during which the Eagles reached the final of the recently concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, and was equally in charge of two friendly matches in the March FIFA window where the Eagles recorded a win and defeat to Ghana and Mali, respectively.

Penpushing further reports that George was a member of the ‘Golden Generation’ that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia and emerged as the second most entertaining team at the FIFA World Cup finals in the USA the same year, which was Nigeria’s first participation at the World Cup.

The soccer legend won 62 caps for Nigeria, including featuring at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals. He also won gold, silver and bronze medals from the 1992, 1994, 2000 and 2002 AFCON tournaments.

Penpushing also reports that George who is 52 was a former Ajax Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Real Betis (Spain) forward, who made a scoring debut for his fatherland in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Burkina Faso at the National Stadium, Lagos on 27th July 1991.

The Super Eagles appointed coach featured for Calabar Rovers and Sharks FC in the domestic scene before heading to Europe and assisted the late Rashidi Yekini to score Nigeria’s first-ever FIFA World Cup goal against Bulgaria in Dallas, USA on 19th June 1994.

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