NFF Hires Foreign Coach to Oversee Finidi

NFF Hires Foreign Coach to Oversee Finidi

NFF Hires Foreign Coach to Oversee Finidi

Finidi George and NFF

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has apologized to Nigerians following the Super Eagles’ disappointing performance in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In a meeting on June 12, 2024, the NFF resolved to hire an expatriate Technical Adviser to replace Finidi George, who took over just last month after the departure of Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro. The Super Eagles have secured only three points from four matches, placing them second from the bottom in their group, behind Rwanda, South Africa, and Benin.

The NFF acknowledged the challenges faced during preparations, including a nationwide industrial action, but criticized the players’ attitudes and pledged to enhance the team’s readiness for future competitions. To this end, the NFF plans to strengthen its Technical Department by recruiting more qualified personnel and revamping the Technical and Development Sub-Committee. They also intend to implement a robust scouting program to identify outstanding Nigerian-eligible players globally.

In support of other national teams, the NFF promised robust backing for the Super Falcons as they prepare for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in France later this year. The U20 Women’s National Team, the Falconets, will receive comprehensive support for their preparation for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia, including a two-phase camping program. The U17 Women’s National Team, the Flamingos, was commended for their performance in the African qualification series for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

These steps reflect the NFF’s commitment to restoring the Super Eagles’ competitiveness and regaining the confidence of Nigerian football fans, aiming for a stronger showing in upcoming AFCON qualifiers and the continuation of World Cup qualifying matches.