Finidi George: NFF Pledges House, Driver and Regular Salary Payment for New Super Eagles Coach

Finidi George: NFF Pledges House, Driver and Regular Salary Payment for New Super Eagles Coach

Robert Abong'o
May 14, 2024 at 7:40 AM
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  • The NFF has promised to provide Finidi George with a house, car and driver
  • The newly-appointed Super Eagles boss has assembled a formidable staff
  • The ex-Ajax star's ambitious goal is to qualify Nigeria for the 2026 World Cup

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In a grand ceremony heralding a new era for Nigerian football, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Gusau, has pledged substantial support for newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George.

The former Ajax and Real Betis winger, known for his exceptional talent and strategic acumen, has been entrusted with the task of leading Nigeria's national team to new heights.

The NFF president made a series of promises to ensure Finidi's success.

Finidi George was unveiled as the new Super Eagles manager by the NFF on May 13. Photo: @OgaNlaMedia.
The NFF has promised to provide new Super Eagles boss, Finidi George, with a house and driver. Photo: @OgaNlaMedia.
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He assured that the newly appointed coach would be provided with a comfortable house in the location of his choice and a dedicated driver to facilitate the smooth operation of his duties.

Furthermore, Gusau stressed that Finidi's salary will be paid regularly, addressing concerns over potential payment issues that have plagued the national team in the past.

“We want to avoid any issues of conflicts in the area of paying coaches. For the coach, we are going to arrange how we will be paying on a monthly basis, but for every other assistant, we are engaging them on an invitational basis,” Gusau said, as quoted on Punch Nigeria.

The former Real Betis star's coaching staff will include familiar faces, including former international Daniel Amokachi, who will join as his assistant, and Olatunji Baruwa, the goalkeepers' trainer. The team will also welcome Benjamin James as an additional assistant, Chima Onyeike as the fitness trainer, and Turk Mehmet Ozturk as the match analyst.

Finidi has set his sights on steering the Super Eagles towards a triumphant return to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

"My first target is to make sure that we are in line to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup by winning the upcoming two matches against South Africa and the Benin Republic," he said, as quoted by Soccernet.

Amunike explains Super Eagles coaching snub

Sports Brief reported on Emmanuel Amunike explaining why he lost out on the coaching role.

The 53-year-old was touted as the front-runner for the position until the announcement of Finidi by the NFF.

The former Barcelona forward discussed how his strained relationship with members of the technical committee may have affected his chances.

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