Mutiu Adepoju: Former Nigerian International Speaks on Managing Super Eagles

Mutiu Adepoju: Former Nigerian International Speaks on Managing Super Eagles

Babajide Orevba
June 26, 2024 at 2:33 PM
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  • Mutiu Adepoju has stated that he can handle the Super Eagles of Nigeria if given the opportunity to coach the star-studded team
  • The NFF, in an earlier statement, announced that an expatriate would be appointed to manage the team after a dismal performance in the World Cup qualifiers
  • Adepoju, who once had a managerial stint with NPFL side Shooting Stars, says he would not mind coaching the team if given the opportunity

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Former Nigerian international Mutiu Adepoju has stated that he is open to coaching the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The Nigerian national football team are currently without a head coach following the resignation of Finidi George.

Earlier, the NFF announced that an expatriate would be appointed to manage the team, but some indigenous coaches are also capable.

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Mutiu Adepoju says he is capable of handling the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Photo Credit: Issouf Sanogo.
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One of the few Nigerians who hold the UEFA Pro coaching licence is former Real Sociedad star Mutiu Adepoju.

The 53-year-old emphasised that having coached NPFL side Shooting Stars in the past, he has the capacity of leading the national team.

Adepoju told Managing Madrid Podcast:

“We had several players in the Castilla team who are brilliant coaches today, and we didn’t see it at the time. I have a UEFA Pro license myself, so if there’s an opportunity, I wouldn’t mind.
“I’m open. I once coached Shooting Stars in Nigeria, but I haven’t coached since then.”

NFF steps up search for new Super Eagles coach

Meanwhile, the pressing question dominating the country's football scene is who the NFF will appoint as the next coach of the Super Eagles.

Once again, the West African football powerhouse are without a manager following Finidi George's recent departure.

The former Enyimba coach stepped down after a series of disappointing results in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Republic of Benin.

Nigeria's poor string of result continues

Sports Brief earlier reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria find themselves in a difficult situation as they seek qualification for the 2026 edition of the FIFA World Cup.

The African football powerhouse have done themselves little good, no thanks to a string of horrendous results recorded through the qualification series for the showpiece.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists, who are battling to represent Africa at the World Cup, have failed to record a victory in their first four outings.

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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.