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Finidi becomes new Super Eagles coach 

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Former Nigeria International, Finidi George, has been announced as the new head coach of the country’s national team.

The Nigeria Football Federation made this disclosure in a statement on Monday, saying that it has also ratified the recommendation of its adhoc committee to hand over the team to former Real Betis winger.

Finidi George, who acted as assistant to the former Super Eagles handler, José Santos Peseiro, has been in charge of national team on interim basis interim since the Peseiro’s contract expiration after 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

“George, a member of the so-styled ‘Golden Generation’ that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia and emerged as the second most entertaining team in Nigeria’s debut at the FIFA World Cup finals in USA the same year, won 62 caps for Nigeria, including featuring at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals,” the NFF statement read.

During his career, Finidi won gold, silver and bronze medals from 1992, 1994, 2000, and 2002 AFCON tournaments.”

One of the former Ajax forward memorable moments was when he “assisted Rashidi Yekini (of blessed memory) to score Nigeria’s first-ever FIFA World Cup goal against Bulgaria in Dallas, USA on 19th June 1994,” the statement noted.

The NFF statement emphasised that “the matches are must-win encounters, with the Super Eagles lagging behind in third place in Group C of the African campaign behind Rwanda and South Africa.”

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