Nigerian Fans Want Finidi George Out as Coach After Mali's Victory Over Super Eagles

Nigerian Fans Want Finidi George Out as Coach After Mali's Victory Over Super Eagles

Babajide Orevba
updated at March 27, 2024 at 5:58 AM
  • Finidi George was hapless on the sidelines as Mali defeated Nigeria in an international friendly
  • After guiding the Super Eagles to victory over Ghana, fans wanted him appointed permanently
  • However, some feel 'Christmas' is over for the Enyimba FC boss after 'the battle of the Eagles'

Nigerian fans have made a U-turn, calling on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to shop for another head coach for the Super Eagles.

After leading them to a 2-1 win over Ghana four days earlier, Finidi George could only watch as his team fell apart against the Eagles of Mali.

Nigeria played both friendlies ahead of the final preparations for the forthcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which return in June.

Finidi George, Super Eagles, Mali, Marrakech, Eagles, Nigeria
Nigeria's interim coach, Finidi George, guided the Super Eagles to a 2-0 loss to Mali. Photo Credit: @Brilafm889.
Source: Twitter

After their fine performance against the Black Stars, the Super Eagles were awful against the Eagles of Mali inside the Stade de Marrakech.

The opening goal came as early as the 18th minute when El Bilal Toure tucked one home to put his side ahead.

Nigeria missed a number of chances in the second half, including a one-on-one for Cyriel Dessers, who rifled his effort into the sky, Sporting News reports.

With three minutes left on the clock, Kamoury Doumbia sealed the win for Mali when he made it 2-0.

Nigerian fans want Finidi George out

After the game, Nigerians seemed united against Finidi.

The former Super Eagles star was appointed as the team's interim coach after Jose Peseiro's departure but many are now calling on the NFF to shop for another foreign coach.

@Calljoboepodeck commented:

Finidi's Christmas is over. What is this?

@codings22 added:

"At least we have now seen Finidi range and depth. It has saved us from future lamentations and headache. By himself he should just take his CV away from the NFF, zero tact and over-thinking strategy."

Another wrote:

"We have over-hyped some players in Super Eagles even when their clubs have declared them useless. And as for Finidi, thank goodness this is happening now, he should quietly go and continue his Westernhof in Enyimba FC. This his football is pure nonsense."

Finidi George expresses AFCON title desire

Sports Brief earlier reported that Nigeria's interim coach, Finidi George, expressed his desire to emulate the late Stephen Keshi, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach.

The Super Eagles interim coach is a serious candidate for the permanent role and played alongside the late Super Eagles legend, who also shone for the West African nation as a manager.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.