Finidi’s Replacement: Aghahowa Explains Why NFF May Not Appoint a Top Foreign Coach for Super Eagles

Finidi’s Replacement: Aghahowa Explains Why NFF May Not Appoint a Top Foreign Coach for Super Eagles

Ero Samson
updated at June 20, 2024 at 9:06 AM
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  • The Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently without a manager following the sudden departure of coach Finidi George
  • The Nigeria Football Federation has hinted at the possibility of hiring a foreign manager for the national team
  • A former striker has explained why the federation might struggle to appoint a top-tier coach for the Super Eagles

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is back on the lookout for a foreign manager for the Super Eagles, following the sudden resignation of Finidi George.

The 53-year-old opted to step down from his role only 47 days after being appointed, following the disappointing results recorded in the FIFA World Cup qualification fixtures against South Africa and Benin Republic.

In response, the NFF has indicated the possibility of appointing a foreign manager, given the challenging qualification situation facing the Nigerian team.

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The NFF has hinted at appointing a foreign manager to replace Finidi George who departed his role following Nigeria's defeat against the Benin Republic. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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However, a trend has emerged where the federation appears to be targeting readily available foreign managers rather than the elite candidate's fans had hoped for.

Former Super Eagles striker, Julius Aghahowa, has offered some insight into why the NFF might struggle to secure a top-tier foreign coach, despite the expectations of Nigerian fans.

Aghahowa speaks on Super Eagles coaching

In an interview reported by, the former Wigan Athletic forward emphasised that the NFF is cash-strapped and unable to afford an elite expatriate coach.

"Right now, we should be looking inward. First of all, we don’t have the money to pay foreign coaches. I remember how they struggled to pay in the past," he said.

Aghahowa also advised the NFF to consider appointing a local coach to help develop homegrown talent within the Super Eagles.

"We should look inward and allow our homegrown coaches to lead the national team," he added.

According to a report from OwnGoalNigeria, several relatively unimpressive foreign managers are currently being linked with the Super Eagles coaching vacancy, begging questions about whether any of these candidates have what it takes to achieve the desired success with the national team.

NFF eyes former Saudi League manager

Sports Brief in another report stated, former Al Raed manager, Marc Brys, is on the NFF's shortlist to replace Finidi.

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

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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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