Finidi George's Replacement: Top 3 Candidates To Take Over as Super Eagles Coach

Finidi George's Replacement: Top 3 Candidates To Take Over as Super Eagles Coach

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at June 20, 2024 at 7:05 AM
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  • The Nigeria Football Federation has begun the search for a new coach for the Super Eagles after Finidi George resigned
  • Finidi stepped down as Nigeria’s coach after two poor results in the World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin
  • Ex-Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia is reportedly among the leading candidates being considered for the coach's position

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Finidi George’s resignation as Super Eagles coach last week has left a void that must be filled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) before Nigeria’s next international games.

The ex-Ajax star stepped down from his role as national head coach after back-to-back disappointing results in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin.

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Samson Siasia is reportedly among the leading candidates to replace Finidi George as the Super Eagles coach. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun.
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According to the Vanguard, Finidi quit his post after the NFF had decided to appoint a foreign technical adviser for him after only two competitive games in charge as head coach.

The NFF executive committee has finally accepted the resignation of the 53-year-old ex-Real Betis midfielder and will now commence the search for a new Super Eagles manager.

Sports Brief, alongside Soccernet, takes a look at the top three candidates that should be considered to take over from Finidi as Nigeria’s new technical adviser.

Top 3 candidates for Super Eagles job

1. Antonio Conceicao

Antonio Conceicao will bring a wealth of experience to the Super Eagles coaching position.

His time with CFR Cluj in Romania, as well as coaching spells in Cyprus and Saudi Arabia, have given him a reputation for tactical expertise and player development.

Despite a great career with the Cameroonian national team, Conceicao’s dismissal in 2022 has left him eager to return to coaching, making him a strong candidate for the Super Eagles coaching position.

2. Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia has a remarkable coaching career, especially with youth teams.

The former Super Eagles forward led Nigeria's Under-20 and Under-23 teams to podium finishes in a variety of international competitions, including the Olympic Games.

Despite a FIFA ban for match-fixing, Siasia's upcoming return to coaching has positioned him as a viable contender for the vacant Super Eagles position, bringing with him a track record of success and a desire to show himself once more on the international scene.

3. Salisu Yusuf

Salisu Yusuf's coaching career is filled with successes and controversies, from winning league titles with the Kano Pillars to facing scrutiny over a financial gift scandal.

Despite the setback, his experience as assistant coach of the Super Eagles and head coach of the Super Eagles B Team demonstrates his knowledge of Nigerian football and player development.

His reinstatement by the NFF has demonstrated their belief in his talents, making him a legitimate option to lead the Super Eagles forward.

NFF targets Cameroon coach Marc Brys

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cameroon national manager, Marc Brys is an NFF consideration as a strong candidate to lead the Super Eagles.

The Belgian, who was recently appointed head coach of the Indomitable Lions, has clashed with Cameroon Football Federation president, Samuel Eto'o.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu
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..