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NFF To Name New Super Eagles Manager Next Week

According to reports, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will soon announce the new head coach of the Super Eagles. The head coach post became vacant in February after Jose Peseiro’s contract expired.

Nigeria finished in second place at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast under the guidance of the Portuguese coach. The NFF has given Peseiro’s assistant, Finidi George, the responsibility of filling in temporarily.

The 52-year-old’s task was to lead the Super Eagles for their March friendly against Ghana and Mali.

The NFF has decided to appoint a manager before the start of the June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers so that he will have enough time to prepare the team ahead of their games against South Africa and Benin.

Up to 50 coaches are reportedly on the NFF’s managerial shortlist, A lot of Nigerian football fans have advocated for the role to be given to an indigenous coach.

Finidi George, the current interim manager, Emmanuel Amuneke, Sunday Oliseh, Daniel Amokachi, Henry Makinwa, Ndubuisi Egbo, Sylvanus Okpalla, and Michael Nsein are among prominent indigenous coaches who have applied for the job.

There’s a lot of competition for the Super Eagles coaching position, and it’s getting harder to predict who will be selected.

According to sources close to the NFF, the board and technical committee are being cautious while selecting a coach to avoid making the same error that cost Nigeria a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It is important to remember that Augustine Eguavoen was at the helm when the Black Stars of Ghana edged past the Super Eagles to book their place in Qatar.