NFF Undertakes Steps to Sack Finidi George After FIFA Qualifier Results vs South Africa and Benin

NFF Undertakes Steps to Sack Finidi George After FIFA Qualifier Results vs South Africa and Benin

Ero Samson
updated at June 12, 2024 at 9:25 AM
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  • Finidi George has had a far-from-impressive beginning to his tenure as manager of the Super Eagles of Nigeria
  • The former Enyimba coach oversaw two underwhelming matches, including a defeat against the Benin Republic
  • A report detailing that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are commencing steps to sack the 53-year-old has surfaced

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The Super Eagles may yet be getting a new manager despite the recent appointment of Finidi George by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on April 29.

The 53-year-old, whose appointment by the football federation was met with a flurry of divisive opinions, did little to justify the faith placed in him, with a string of lacklustre results in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification clash against South Africa and the Republic of Benin.

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Nigeria's coach, Finidi George, gestures on the touchline during the FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifiers group C match against Benin at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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However, in the aftermath of the crucial qualification fixtures, which left many in the NFF hierarchy dissatisfied, a report has surfaced indicating that the federation has begun steps that could lead to Finidi’s dismissal as coach.

NFF commences steps to sack Finidi

According to a report by OwnGoalNigeria, the football federation are considering the possibility of firing the former Enyimba manager.

The report suggests that the decision to let go of the former Real Betis forward is influenced by the fact that the World Cup qualifiers are on hold until March 2025, which would allow whoever is appointed coach of the team ample time to prepare before the run of crunch fixtures.

The report concludes by emphasising that, despite the trust placed in Finidi and the extensive support provided to him, he seems far from the ideal candidate to achieve the desired results with the Super Eagles.

The NFF hierarchy are scheduled to hold a meeting with Finidi in the coming weeks, which is expected to significantly impact his future.

According to FotMob data, the Super Eagles currently sit fifth in their World Cup qualification standings, following three draws and a defeat in their opening four fixtures.

Errors Finidi made in Nigeria’s defeat vs Benin

In a separate report, Sports Brief compiled a list of notable errors made by Nigeria's coach, Finidi, during the defeat to the Republic of Benin.

The 53-year-old saw his side fall to a defeat after taking the lead with a sublime finish from midfielder, Raphael Onyedika.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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