Finidi George Submits Provisional Squad List for Nigeria’s FIFA Qualifiers vs South Africa and Benin

Finidi George Submits Provisional Squad List for Nigeria’s FIFA Qualifiers vs South Africa and Benin

Ero Samson
updated at May 11, 2024 at 10:00 AM
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  • Finidi George is set to undertake his first task as coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria
  • The newly named manager is faced with fixtures against South Africa and Benin Republic
  • A report of the 53-year-old submitting his provisional team list for the games has surfaced

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Newly appointed manager of the Super Eagles, Finidi George, is gearing up for his first task as manager of the Nigerian team.

The 53-year-old is barely a month away from his first official assignment as manager of the team and appears to have drafted a provisional list for his first run of fixtures.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists are poised to face both South Africa and the Benin Republic in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series, and Finidi is ensuring his team is all ready for their crunch run of fixtures.

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Finidi George has sent to the NFF the team list for Nigeria's fixtures against South Africa and Benin Republic. Image: Visionhaus.
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According to a report from OwnGoalNigeria, the former Real Betis forward has sent a provisional squad list to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the June international fixtures.

Finidi send provisional list to NFF

According to the report, the Super Eagles coach sent out a list of 35 players, which is expected to be subsequently cut down to 25 players.

The report also emphasises that the players on the list are expected to comprise primarily of the players that played at the AFCON.

However, it concludes that the players on Coach Finidi's shortlist have had invitation letters sent to their respective clubs, requesting their availability for the upcoming fixtures.

Finidi, who is also in the process of finalising his assistant coaches and backroom staff, is scheduled to meet with the NFF to formalise the appointments of his assistants and support staff.

The Super Eagles are set to clash with South Africa in Uyo on June 7 and then take on Benin Republic in Ivory Coast on June 10.

NFF chief displeased with Finidi’s choices

Sports Brief also previously reported that a member of the NFF's committee is dissatisfied with Finidi and his rumoured selection of assistants.

The newly appointed manager purportedly submitted a list of assistants that included three foreign managers, in addition to Daniel Amokachi and Abiodun Baruwa.

The committee member contended that it would have been more fitting for the 53-year-old to select entirely indigenous coaches for his backroom staff.

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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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