NFF to Replace Finidi With Foreign Coach for Super Eagles

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced plans to hire an expatriate technical adviser for the Super Eagles following the team’s disappointing performance in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. This decision was detailed in a communiqué released on Thursday, June 13.

During a meeting held on Wednesday, the NFF Executive Committee discussed several key issues, including the recent lackluster results. The committee expressed dissatisfaction with the attitude of some players towards national duties and agreed on the need for an enhanced scouting programme. This initiative aims to identify outstanding Nigeria-eligible players globally who can significantly contribute to the national team.

“The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation held a meeting on Wednesday, 12th June 2024 in hybrid mode to deliberate on important issues in Nigeria Football and resolved as follows:

“The Executive Committee wholeheartedly apologized to Nigerians for the dismal output and subsequent very poor returns of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles, in four out of 10 matches in the ongoing qualification series for the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals, and pledged to work assiduously and put necessary measures in place to ensure a better-prepared squad ahead of the AFCON 2025 qualifiers in September this year and the resumption of the World Cup qualifiers in March 2025,” the NFF said.

“Further to (1) above, the Executive Committee resolved to employ an expatriate Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles in the coming weeks, ahead of the AFCON qualifiers and the remaining FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.”

The NFF also “expressed displeasure with the poor attitude of some of the players to the national assignment, and unanimously decided in favour of a more robust scouting programme of outstanding Nigeria-eligible players from across the four corners of the universe, who can add tremendous value to the nation’s flagship team”.

Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George, has faced criticism after the team’s 2-1 defeat to Benin Republic on Monday in the fourth round of the CAF 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Prior to this match, the team managed a 1-1 draw against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the third round.

The outcomes of these matches have placed Nigeria fifth in their six-team group, with six more games remaining in the qualifiers. The NFF’s decision to seek foreign expertise underscores their commitment to revamping the team’s strategy and improving their chances in upcoming fixtures.

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