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NFF Reveals Why Finidi Got Super Eagles Job

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Director of Communications, Ademola Olajide, has disclosed the reasons behind the soccer organization’s choice to name Finidi George the next head coach of the Super Eagles.

New Telegraph had earlier reported that the national leadership of NFF confirmed Finidi’s appointment last week.

The 53-year-old was chosen for the position ahead of other elite coaches, both domestic and foreign, who applied.

The former international served as one of Jose Peseiro’s assistants when he was the team’s handler.

For the March friendlies against Ghana and Mali, Finidi served as the team’s acting head coach.

Olajire claimed he was a prime candidate for the position due to his stellar resume and prior collaboration with Peseiro.

He said: “Finidi George was not only a great football player; he has prepared himself very well and done himself no harm with the laurels he has been able to acquire in his short period as a coach.

He had the option of remaining in Spain and taking up an appointment with a second-tier club but he chose to come back to Nigeria and start with an NPFL club.

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“He started with Enyimba. In his second season, he won the league title. It is not easy to win the league title so we must praise him for that.

Looking at the log now, this is his third season with the team and with four matches to go, he’s well on the way to retaining the title. That is no mean feat and it shows that this is a man who knows what he’s doing.

“Pertaining to the Super Eagles, he worked for twenty months as an assistant with Jose Peseiro; that gives him a head start over anybody.

“He worked closely with the team, was with the team when they qualified for the AFCON and came in second at the AFCON.

“It’s natural that someone of this stature, someone who has accomplished these things and who has been very close to the team, gets the nod, given that we have only five weeks to play very important matches.”

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