New Nigeria Coach Finidi Reportedly Snubs Amunike, Set to Enlist Foreign Super Eagles Assistant

New Nigeria Coach Finidi Reportedly Snubs Amunike, Set to Enlist Foreign Super Eagles Assistant

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at May 1, 2024 at 6:22 AM
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  • Finidi George is expected to choose a foreign assistant coach in his backroom
  • He has reportedly been given free rein by the NFF to appoint a coaching team
  • George was confirmed as appointed as the Super Eagles manager on Monday

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Finidi George is reportedly set to appoint a foreigner as his assistant after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) appointed him permanently as the Super Eagles head coach.

The ex-Real Betis midfielder took temporary charge of the national team in March after the departure of Jose Peseiro, whom he worked under as assistant coach for 20 months.

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The Super Eagles have been without a head coach since February until the appointment of Finidi George on April 29, 2024. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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According to the Daily Post, Finidi has been given a free hand by the NFF to select his backroom team including his assistants and the Enyimba coach will reportedly pick a foreigner for the role.

Former Nigeria internationals - Emmanuel Amunike, Daniel Amokachi, and Michael Nsien - were among names being touted to be part of the new technical crew working with the national team.

Finidi has been tasked with helping Nigeria qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and also securing the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place in Morocco.

Finidi’s length of contract undisclosed

Meanwhile, as Nigerians rejoice over Finidi's appointment as the new Super Eagles coach, the NFF are yet to disclose the length of his contract with the football body, Own Goal Nigeria reports.

The football federation initially stated the next coach of the national team would be offered a two-year contract but that was not confirmed during the announcement of the ex-Real Betis star.

The NFF has also not confirmed Finidi’s date of resumption with the Super Eagles nor what happens regarding Nigerian league side, Enyimba Football Club, which is his present posting.

Adepoju congratulates Finidi on appointment

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Mutiu Adepoju has congratulated Finidi on his appointment as the Super Eagles head coach via social media platform, X (formerly Twitter).

He claimed that it was a new beginning for good things for Nigerian football, with a local coach taking the helm of the national team after the departure of Peseiro in February.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..