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  • Updated: April 29, 2024

NFF appoint Finidi as new Super Eagles coach

NFF appoint Finidi as new Super Eagles coach

 The Enyimba coach replaces Jose Peseiro on permanent basis.

The Board of the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday confirmed the appointment of Enyimba FC of Aba head coach as the new substantive coach of the Nigerian men's senior national team, the Super Eagles, after approving the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee of the Federation, reports Allnews.ng.

A member of the Super Eagles side that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and also qualified for Nigeria's miden appearance at the FIFA World Cup same year in the USA, Finidi was one of the assistant coaches to former coach Jose Peseiro who led Nigeria to a runners-up place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d'Ivoire. 

Following the end of Peseiro's contract and the dead end in contract renewal, Finidi took charge of the team in the March international friendlies against Ghana and Mali.

The Eagles edged Ghana 2-1 to end an 18-year winless streak against the Black Stars, but lost 2-0 to Mali 72 hours later.

Finidi won 62 caps for Nigeria, including featuring at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals. He also won gold, silver and bronze medals from the 1992, 1994, 2000 and 2002 AFCON tournaments.

It was Finidi's goal that ultimately won Nigeria's first World Cup ticket on 8 October 1993 when the team then coached by Clemence Westerhof grabbed a 1-1 draw against Algeria in Algiers.

The former Ajax and Real Madrid star was not the only former Super Eagles star and now coach in the running for the vacant role as 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning coach Emmanuel Amunike who had Eagles duo of Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwuee in the cadet side was also considered.

Allnews.ng indeed gathered from sources in the NFF that Amunike was the preferred candidate for the role.

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