Finidi George’s Replacement: Roberto Landi Explains Why It Will Be a Dream to Coach the Super Eagles

Finidi George’s Replacement: Roberto Landi Explains Why It Will Be a Dream to Coach the Super Eagles

Ero Samson
updated at June 28, 2024 at 10:46 AM
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  • The Nigeria Football Federation is on the lookout for a new manager for the Super Eagles after the departure of Finidi George
  • Several foreign tacticians have continued to show interest in the coaching vacancy of the African football powerhouse
  • Italian manager Roberto Landi has explained why it would be a dream for him to be appointed manager of the Nigerian team

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are certain to be with a new permanent coach for the final rounds of their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series.

The West African nation finds itself without a manager following the departure of Finidi George, who left just 47 days after being appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Several coaches have continued to declare their intent to take over the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists.

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Roberto Landi, who recently declared his interest in coaching Nigeria, is pictured at Livingston training ground in Almond. Image: Andrew West.
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Recently, former Liberia coach, Roberto Landi, took to social media to highlight reasons why he should be appointed as manager of the Super Eagles.

Amid the mixed reactions to the Italian declaring his interest in coaching the Nigerian team, the 68-year-old again reiterated his claims, stressing that it would be a dream to become Nigeria’s coach.

Roberto Landi speaks on coaching Nigeria

In an interview reported by Punch Sports, the former National Bucharest manager explained why becoming Nigeria’s coach would be a dream come true.

“Yes, it’s a dream for a coach to lead a top senior national team like Nigeria. If you speak with Massimiliano Allegri and some Serie A coaches, they would agree that coaching Nigeria is a dream because you represent more than 200 million people and one of the top 20 strong countries in the world,” Landi said.

While the NFF has denied talks with two-time AFCON-winning coach Herve Renard, several other coaches, including Miguel Herrera, Didier Six, Joaquin Caparros, Luis Fernandez, and Antonio Conceicao, have been linked with the job.

The football federation’s decision on which candidate to choose remains to be seen as the search for a new coach intensifies.

NFF targets high-profile manager for Super Eagles

Sports Brief in another report stated the NFF is aiming to appoint a high-profile coach for the Super Eagles.

The federation is focused on ensuring the Nigerian team secures qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in the Americas.

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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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