Finidi Eyes Future Super Eagles Invite For Olise, Ugochukwu, and Other Top Stars

Finidi Eyes Future Super Eagles Invite For Olise, Ugochukwu, and Other Top Stars

Chukwu Ikechukwu
May 24, 2024 at 9:42 AM
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  • Finidi George is keen on inviting more dual-national players to the Super Eagles
  • Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise is reportedly being eyed out by the Nigeria coach
  • Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong are some of the Super Eagles' dual-nationals

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Finidi George has disclosed that he will try to get more dual-national players to represent the Super Eagles in the future following his appointment as coach of the Nigeria senior national team.

Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise, Chelsea’s Lesley Ugochukwu, Fiorentina full-back Michael Kayode, and Atlético Madrid loanee Samuel Omorodion are some of the stars who are eligible to play for Nigeria despite being born abroad.

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Michael Olise was not included in France's 27-man roster for the 2024 European Championships. Photo by Alex Davidson.
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According to All Nigeria Soccer, Finidi said he would work with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at getting these dual-national players, who he believes can add quality to the national team to play for the Super Eagles.

"Our job is to watch, and when we see a good player, the people that know the job properly and that is their department, they will make that happen.
"If we see a player we know can help, we can bring on board, we will do that. We recommend, and the rest of the NFF will take care of that," he added.

Olise and Ugochukwu are eligible to represent France and Nigeria at the senior level, while Kayode and Omorodion have competed for the Italian and Spanish youth teams, respectively.

Finidi won’t pick new Nigeria captain

Meanwhile, Finidi has disclosed he will not be involved in the process of picking a new captain for the Super Eagles and has placed that responsibility on the players, Complete Sports reports.

PAOK Salonica of Greece defender, William Troost-Ekong, has been Nigeria’s stand-in captain in the absence of Ahmed Musa, who vaptained the team since the retirement of John Obi-Mikel.

Nigeria will take on South Africa and the Republic of Benin in two must-win games next month, when the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resume in June.

Finidi flaunts N125m Mercedes Benz

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Finidi was recently seen driving a Mercedes-Benz high-end model shortly after being named the Super Eagles' new coach.

The NFF has yet to confirm whether this is the official vehicle presented to the former Real Betis midfielder or if the expensive car is the new boss' own wheels.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..