Finidi George Steps Down As Super Eagles Coach Amid NFF’s Decision For Foreign Leadership

In a significant development within Nigerian football, Finidi George has tendered his resignation as the coach of the Super Eagles. This news was shared by Toyin Ibitoye, the former media officer for the Super Eagles, via a post on X today, Saturday, marking a sudden turn in the coaching saga of Nigeria’s national football team.

George’s decision comes in the wake of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) controversial move to position a foreign coach above him, a decision that overshadows his recent appointment to the role in May.

Having assumed the reins following the termination of Jose Peseiro’s contract in February, after serving as Peseiro’s assistant for nearly two years, George’s tenure was brief yet tumultuous. The team faced criticism for its performances in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin, leading to his demotion.

This reassignment would not only have seen George’s yearly contract altered but also his reported monthly earnings cut from N15 million to N5 million, accompanied by a change in his assistant staff selected by the incoming foreign coach.

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Prior to his resignation, George voiced dissatisfaction with the level of support provided by the NFF and raised concerns regarding the commitment of Nigeria’s leading players during critical World Cup qualifying matches in discussions with Sports Minister John Enoh.

This departure marks a pivotal moment for Nigerian football, introducing an era of uncertainty and calling for a reassessment of support structures and leadership strategies within the national team setup.

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