Finidi George Clarifies His Commitment to Super Eagles, Confirms Resigning from Enyimba FC

Finidi George Clarifies His Commitment to Super Eagles, Confirms Resigning from Enyimba FC

Robert Abong'o
May 21, 2024 at 7:41 PM
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  • Finidi George has denied that he is managing both the Super Eagles and Enyimba FC
  • The Nigerian head coach emphasised the huge workload of coaching a national team
  • The World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic are his big tests

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Nigeria coach, Finidi George, has unequivocally denied reports suggesting he would manage Enyimba FC while juggling his national team responsibilities.

The former Ajax winger, who led Enyimba to a Nigeria Professional Football League title last year, affirmed his complete commitment to the Super Eagles.

During his time as assistant coach to Jose Peseiro, Finidi also managed the local club, who are currently in third place in the Nigerian league with six games left.

Super Eagles boss, Finidi George, has denied reports of still managing Enyimba FC. Photo: @NFF.
Finidi George has slammed reports of him managing both Super Eagles and Enyimba FC. Photo: @NFF.
Source: Twitter

However, since being appointed as the new national team boss, rumours have circulated about Finidi also retaining his role with the NPFL club.

He has since clarified that he has left his position at Enyimba to focus solely on the national team.

"Handling Enyimba and the Super Eagles simultaneously is unrealistic. The demands of both roles are too high. Enyimba needs dedicated effort to retain their league title, while the Super Eagles require full attention, especially with our World Cup qualification ambitions. I am not a superman," Finidi said, as reported by Soccernet.

Finidi stressed that managing Nigeria’s national team is a significant responsibility, involving over 200 million expectant fans and the goal of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

He mentioned discussing his decision with Enyimba's chairman, who understood his need to focus on national duties.

Finidi focused on World Cup qualifiers

With upcoming World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic, Finidi’s attention is firmly on leading the Super Eagles to success.

These matches, set for June 7 in Uyo and June 10 in Ivory Coast, will be his first as the permanent head coach.

He has acknowledged the pressure of delivering positive results and the heightened expectations following the country's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

"Nigeria is a tough football nation; Nigeria is a big nation - we can’t be asking for less. For us to qualify for the World Cup, we definitely have to play tough opponents along the line, and so I don’t think it’s a problem with the calibre of players we have in the squad now," he said, as quoted by AfrikFoot.

Finidi forced To drop EPL star

Sports Brief reported that injuries have rocked Nigeria’s preparations for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against South Africa and Benin.

The newly appointed boss reportedly submitted a list of 35 players to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) but could be forced to cut another player from the squad.

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