Finidi George: Nigeria Legend Yakubu Delivers Verdict on Super Eagles Coach

Finidi George: Nigeria Legend Yakubu Delivers Verdict on Super Eagles Coach

Edwin Kiplagat
June 12, 2024 at 7:54 AM
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  • Finidi George and Nigeria are having a terrible week following their defeat to Benin in the 2026 World Cup qualifier
  • The Super Eagles were beaten by their former coach, Gernot Rohr, and are now winless in their qualifying campaign
  • Former Super Eagles international, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has weighed in on Finidi Geroge's appointment and his team's performances

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Nigerians are still coming to terms with their surprise defeat to Benin in the 2026 World Cup qualifier on Monday, June 10.

Finidi George's team were beaten 2-1 by a team coached by their former boss, Gernot Rohr, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has shared his thoughts on Finidi after two difficult weeks on the job.

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Yakubu Aiyegbeni wants more support for Nigeria coach, Finidi George. Photos by Tony Marshall - PA Images and Issouf Sanogo.
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Finidi has coached four matches so far, won once, lost twice and drawn once. He is yet to win a competitive game, though.

South Africa held the Super Eagles last Friday, June 7, in Uyo before suffering a frustrating loss to the Cheetahs.

Moreover, the three-time African champions are yet to register a win in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. With six games to go, they have three points, four behind Rwanda, Benin, and South Africa, who are all tied on seven points after four games.

Finidi and his players were criticized after their defeat to Benin, with fans questioning their effort and the coach's ability.

Yakubu on Finidi

Yakubu played 58 times for Nigeria and knows how demanding and critical Super Eagles fans can be. He wants to see more support for Finidi.

“I saw their game against South Africa, and I thought they were a bit unlucky, but he’s a great guy, and I want to send him my best wishes and hope he succeeds because if he does well, we will see the real Super Eagles. Let’s pray for him to succeed,” the former Everton striker said via Soccernet.
“Listen, it’s not easy coaching the Nigerian National Team, and that is the first thing you must know. I like George because he was an unbelievable being a Nigerian, I’m happy he got the role,” he said.

Finidi was tasked with winning the South Africa and Benin matches, but he got a point instead of six points.

Finidi speaks after Benin defeat

Sports Brief earlier reported on Finidi reacting to Nigeria's loss to Benin.

The 1994 AFCON winner appeared to question his players' commitment but urged fans not to give up.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.