Finidi George: Legendary Striker Urges Daniel Amokachi to Support New Super Eagles Coach

Finidi George: Legendary Striker Urges Daniel Amokachi to Support New Super Eagles Coach

Robert Abong'o
May 15, 2024 at 2:52 AM
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  • Victor Ikpeba has urged Daniel Amokachi to support Finidi George as the Super Eagles head coach
  • The former Monaco striker has warned of past conflicts heavily derailing the national team's progress
  • Finidi George aims to guide Nigeria to the 2026 World Cup, backed by a significant financial package

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Former Super Eagles striker, Victor Ikpeba, has issued a rallying cry to Daniel Amokachi, urging him to throw his weight behind Finidi George for the betterment of the national team.

Finidi was recently unveiled as the new head coach and had Amokachi appointed as one of his assistants.

Both former players were integral parts of Nigeria's golden era, which included clinching the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and securing the nation's maiden World Cup qualification.

Nigerian players Daniel Amokachi (L) and midfielder George Finidi were part of the side that won the1994 AFCON. Photo: Rabih Moghrabi.
Daniel Amokachi (L) and George Finidi applaud fans at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, France, after Nigeria's 1998 World Cup Group D match against Bulgaria. Photo: Rabih Moghrabi.
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Despite Amokachi's extensive coaching experience spanning 18 years, including stints as the national team's assistant coach and caretaker manager, Ikpeba stressed the importance of acknowledging Finidi's authority to prevent a recurrence of past discord.

“Amokachi should support his former teammate and there has to be trust between them. Three years ago, there was chaos among the coaches when Emmanuel Amuneke came in to assist Augustine Eguavoen before the 2022 World Cup playoffs against Ghana,” he explained, as reported by Soccernet.

Finidi's primary objective is steering Nigeria towards qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The former Ajax winger's coaching journey began with a successful spell at Enyimba International, which led to his elevation to the national team.

His appointment as head coach comes with substantial financial backing, cementing his status as the highest-paid indigenous coach in the country's football history.

According to ACL Sports, he will earn a staggering N15 million monthly. His first challenge will be guiding the Super Eagles through pivotal World Cup qualifying encounters against South Africa and the Benin Republic.

Finidi ends three-year stay with Enyimba

Sports Brief reported when Finidi terminated his three-year stay as Enyimba coach before unveiling as the new national team boss.

The former Mallorca star said his goodbyes to the Aba-based club's fans, staff, and management before assuming his new role.

His successful management at the club was noticed after he led the team to victory in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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