Finidi George Resigns as Super Eagles Head Coach

Finidi George

In a surprising turn of events, Finidi George has reportedly stepped down from his position as the Head Coach of Nigeria’s national football team, the Super Eagles.

This decision comes amid efforts by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to retain him while appointing a foreign Technical Adviser to assist with the team’s preparations.

Finidi’s resignation is linked to a lack of support from the NFF and significant internal challenges within the team. During a meeting with NFF officials and Sports Minister John Enoh in Abuja, Finidi highlighted the difficulties he faced, particularly in disciplining players associated with influential figures.

He emphasized that sanctioning these players was practically impossible due to their connections to powerful “big men.”

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The resignation follows a disappointing phase for the Super Eagles in their 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The team managed only a 1-1 draw against South Africa in Uyo and suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat to Benin in Abidjan. Finidi pointed to these results as indicative of deeper issues, including a lack of commitment from star players.

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He specifically mentioned Victor Osimhen, who missed the crucial qualifiers, allegedly due to an injury, though Finidi suggested the striker could have participated if he chose to.

Finidi expressed his frustration over the deteriorating discipline within the team, criticizing how players showed up at the training camp with a lack of seriousness. He lamented that several players enjoyed protection from influential NFF board members, complicating his ability to enforce discipline and team cohesion.

The resignation has sparked reactions among Nigerian football fans, many of whom had already been calling for Finidi’s removal following unsatisfactory performances. The NFF has acknowledged the need for external expertise and is actively seeking a foreign technical adviser to oversee the Super Eagles’ remaining World Cup qualifying matches.

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As the search for new leadership begins, the future of the Super Eagles remains uncertain, with hopes pinned on finding the right mix of guidance and discipline to steer the team towards success in their World Cup campaign.