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Finidi George to Lead Nigeria in Crucial World Cup Qualifiers

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louis Buyisiwe

Jun 3, 2024

High Stakes for Super Eagles in World Cup Campaign

However, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has described the upcoming ties, on Friday 7 and Monday 10 June respectively, as "must-win encounters" after the West Africans took just two points from their opening two qualifiers in Group C.
Finidi George faces his first significant challenge as Nigeria's head coach

Finidi George faces his first significant challenge as Nigeria's head coach as the Super Eagles prepare to take on South Africa and Benin in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

These matches, scheduled for Friday, 7 June, and Monday, 10 June, are pivotal after Nigeria's slow start in Group C, securing only two points from their opening two qualifiers. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has labeled these fixtures as "must-win encounters."

George, who stepped in as interim head coach in March, has already overseen two friendlies, achieving a victory against rivals Ghana but suffering a loss to Mali. Despite the mixed results, the upcoming qualifiers will be his first major test since his permanent appointment.

The team faces a significant setback with Napoli striker Victor Osimhen ruled out due to injury. However, George can rely on the attacking prowess of players like Atalanta's Europa League final hero Ademola Lookman and Victor Boniface, who emerged as the top scorer for German double winners Bayer Leverkusen this season.

George brings a wealth of experience to the role.

His illustrious playing career and his managerial stint at Enyimba, where he led the team to a domestic league title, highlight his capabilities. Additionally, his 20 months as an assistant to former Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro, who led the team to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final in Ivory Coast, further solidify his credentials.

As the Super Eagles gear up for these crucial matches, George's strategic acumen and ability to motivate his squad will be under the spotlight. Fans and analysts alike will be watching closely to see how Nigeria performs under his leadership in these decisive World Cup qualifiers.

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