Troost Ekong or Kenneth Omeruo: Finidi George Finally Speaks Over Super Eagles Captaincy

Troost Ekong or Kenneth Omeruo: Finidi George Finally Speaks Over Super Eagles Captaincy

Babajide Orevba
May 24, 2024 at 10:32 AM
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  • Finidi George has shared his thoughts on the Super Eagles' captainship position
  • William Troost-Ekong stood in as the captain during the 2023 AFCON tournament
  • Reports claim Finidi preferred to have the oldest member of the team as skipper

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The newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George, has given his take on the Super Eagles captainship position, which has continued to generate talking points.

Under Jose Peseiro, PAOK FC star William Troost-Ekong replaced team captain Ahmed Musa during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, where Nigeria finished as runners-up.

As the Finidi era begins, the media space was awash that the former Enyimba of Aba tactician stripped Ekong of the team's captaincy.

William Troost-Ekong, Super Eagles, Nigeria, CAF, Kenneth Omeruo, AFCON.
William Troost-Ekong captained the Super Eagles at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo Credit: Visionhaus.
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The reports further claimed that Finidi named Kenneth Omeruo as the new leader, being the squad's most senior international.

Omeruo rose through the ranks, featuring for the Nigeria U17 and U20 teams before earning a senior national team call-up in 2013.

He was part of the Super Eagles squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations under the tutelage of 'Big Boss' Stephen Keshi.

With over 11 years of experience on the team, he has already made 68 appearances and played in two FIFA World Cups.

However, Finidi disclosed that he would not interfere with the choice of the captain of the team. The head coach said via Score Nigeria:

“It’s not my responsibility (to pick a captain), it’s the responsibility of the team. People said (Sunday) Oliseh picked his captain and Finidi George should not do same
“It’s not my responsibility to pick a captain. The players will choose the person they are comfortable with. They will be them to decide who wears the captain’s armband.”

Finidi hails Ademola Lookman

Sports Brief earlier reported that Atalanta star Ademola Lookman produced a historic performance in the Europa League final against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, May 22.

The Nigerian bagged a hat-trick to help his team win their first trophy in six decades.

Nigeria coach, Finidi George, joined the millions of fans in lauding the Super Eagles international for his performance.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.