Finidi George: Nigeria’s Interim Coach Unveils His Ideal Super Eagles XI: Video

Finidi George: Nigeria’s Interim Coach Unveils His Ideal Super Eagles XI: Video

Ero Samson
updated at March 29, 2024 at 9:47 AM
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  • Finidi George had a trophy-laden footballing career
  • The 52-year-old has since transitioned into coaching
  • Finidi confidently named his best Super Eagles XI

Finidi George stands tall as one of the most esteemed wingers ever to don the green and white of the Nigerian national team.

Renowned for his lightning pace, precise crossing, and adept finishing, the dynamic winger carved out a distinguished career during his playing days.

His journey took him to the pinnacle of footballing excellence, where he played a pivotal role in the legendary Ajax Amsterdam squad of the 1990s and showcased his talents at La Liga club, Real Betis.

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Finidi George was recently handed the reigns as interim coach of the Super Eagles. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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On the international stage, Finidi's brilliance shone brightly, contributing to Nigeria's triumph in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1994 and leaving an indelible mark on the iconic Nigerian team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Since retiring from playing, the 52-year-old has transitioned into coaching, achieving notable success. He led Enyimba FC to victory in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) and has recently taken on the role of Interim coach for the Super Eagles.

Despite his coaching achievements, the seasoned manager has unveiled his dream lineup for the Super Eagles.

Finidi names ideal Super Eagles XI

In an interview with Nigerian football expert, Modo Victor, Coach Finidi unveiled a lineup that symbolises an era of greatness in Nigerian football.

For the goalkeeper position, Finidi selected the legendary Peter Rufai, while opting for Augustine Eguavoen, as the right-back.

In central defence, he paired the towering figure of Stephen Keshi with the stalwart Uche Okechukwu. On the left side of the defence, Finidi chose Benedict Iroha.

Moving to midfield, Finidi positioned Bolton Wanderers' icon, Austin Okocha, and former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh, as the central midfield duo. He placed himself on the right wing, with ex-Barcelona star, Emmanuel Amuneke, on the left.

Up front, Finidi opted for the prolific Rashidi Yekini, alongside Everton icon, Daniel Amokachi.

Undoubtedly, Coach Finidi's lineup stands as a testament to Nigeria's footballing excellence, as the players selected were significant in the squad that donned the Super Eagles jersey during the 1990s and propelled the nation to the lofty heights of being ranked the fifth-best team in the world by FIFA.

Fans react to Finidi’s selection

Fans swiftly responded to the gaffer's selection.

@dangeorge9883 shared:

"Awesome 👌 👏 👍"

@UcheEziagu praised the manager:

"Awesome interview from a legend of Nigerian football. King of accurate crossing and assists!"

@kehindeorebiyi4048 added:

"Finidi was once ahead of David Beckham."

Super Eagles players unhappy with Finidi

In another report, Sports Brief highlighted that a selection of Nigerian players are discontent with Finidi.

The 52-year-old recently led the Nigerian team in friendlies against Ghana and Mali.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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