'Finidi George Will Lead Super Eagles to the World Cup': Ex Nigeria International Backs New Coach

'Finidi George Will Lead Super Eagles to the World Cup': Ex Nigeria International Backs New Coach

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at May 7, 2024 at 6:37 AM
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  • Finidi George has been tasked with getting Nigeria to the 2026 World Cup
  • The 53-year-old was recently appointed as permanent Super Eagles boss
  • A former Nigeria international believes Finidi is up to the task as manager

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Finidi George will coach his first Nigeria matches as a permanent coach following his appointment a week ago.

The 53-year-old has officially replaced Jose Peseiro, whom he worked under for 22 months before the Portuguese tactician departed two months ago.

Former Nigeria international, Andrew Aikhoumogbe, is confident Finidi will help the Super Eagles qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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Victor Osimhen will play a major role in Finidi George's Nigeria squad. Photos by Issouf and Nigeria (Instagram).
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Nigeria have not played at the World Cup since 2018 in Russia, and there is pressure to reach the 2026 edition in North America. For many fans, expectations will be sky-high because of their unexpected run to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Aikhoumogbe congratulated Finidi for getting the role but said the pressure is now on. Nevertheless, he believes he can take the Super Eagles to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

"I feel very happy for Finidi George on his appointment as the Super Eagles head coach. This appointment calls for more hardwork from him because a lot will be expected from him," he said, per Complete Sports.
"But then, I believe with the right support, Finidi will get the job done in terms of qualifying the Super Eagles [for] the 2026 World Cup. That is his major priority and I also believe that he will deliver."

The Super Eagles are still looking for their first win in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers after they drew against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

The three-time AFCON champions have reached the World Cup six times before but have not past the Round of 16. Will Finidi break that hoodoo?

Finidi talks 2026 World Cup chances

Sports Brief also previously reported on Finidi expressing his confidence in Nigeria's 2026 World Cup qualification.

He urged fans to support the team as they embark on a challenging journey which will determine his fate as coach.

Finidi explains his playing style

Sports Brief also previously reported that Finidi explained his tactical approach in a recent interview.

The 53-year-old stressed the need to have an attacking and high-octane style to maximise the talent.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.