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Exclusive: Eguavoen confirms plans for Finidi George’s assistants

Finidi off to great start as Super Eagles win Jollof derby over Ghana

Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Augustine Eguavoen has confirmed ongoing plans to name assistant coaches who will work with newly-appointed Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George.

He revealed that the NFF was strategic in appointing the former Ajax winger as the Super Eagles’ new technical head, adding that the mission is to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The former Super Eagles defender also noted that the decision to appoint Finidi George after the expiry of Jose Peseiro’s contract was done collectively in the NFF.

Eguavoen told Afrosport: “Finidi is the new Super Eagles coach like you all know, we are happy with that, it is not a one-man decision, it was a collective one, we are looking for how we can harmonize and make sure himself and whoever we bring as assistant can work together to make sure Nigeria achieve what we want to achieve.

“Right now, it’s only him that has been announced, but pretty soon we will also go into another meeting and see how we can make sure the technical crew is very thick, knowledgeable and do exactly what Nigeria want.”

Finidi faces an uphill task to lead Nigeria to the 2026 World Cup in USA, Canada and Mexico after missing the 2022 edition in Qatar.

The first port of call for the current Enyimba coach is to guide the three-time African champions through qualifying fixtures against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and then the Squirrels of Benin Republic in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in June.

The Super Eagles are currently third in Group C of the African qualifiers after successive 1-1 draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Finidi took charge of Nigeria’s two friendly games in Morocco which ended in a 2-1 win against Ghana’s Black Stars and a 2-0 defeat to the Eagles of Mali in March.

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