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BREAKING: Finidi George appointed new Super Eagles head coach

Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former Super Eagles winger Finidi George as the new head coach of the nation’s senior men’s national team.

 

The announcement came in a statement on Monday, with the NFF Board approving the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee to hand over the reins to the 52-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam and Real Betis forward.

 

Finidi George, who spent 20 months as an assistant to the outgoing José Santos Peseiro, had been serving as the interim coach after the Portuguese tactician’s departure following the Super Eagles’ impressive run to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

 

During his interim tenure, George oversaw two friendly matches in Morocco last month, where the team ended an 18-year winless streak against Ghana with a 2-1 victory before suffering a 0-2 loss to Mali.

 

“George, a member of the so-styled ‘Golden Generation’ that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia and emerged as the second most entertaining team in Nigeria’s debut at the FIFA World Cup finals in USA the same year, won 62 caps for Nigeria, including featuring at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals,” the NFF statement read.

 

Reflecting on his illustrious playing career, the statement highlighted George’s achievements, which include “gold, silver and bronze medals from the 1992, 1994, 2000 and 2002 AFCON tournaments.”

 

One of George’s most memorable moments came when he “assisted Rashidi Yekini (of blessed memory) to score Nigeria’s first-ever FIFA World Cup goal against Bulgaria in Dallas, USA on 19th June 1994,” the statement noted.

 

The new Super Eagles boss’s immediate task will be to guide the team to victory in two crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and the Benin Republic in Uyo and Abidjan, respectively, within the next five weeks.

 

The NFF statement emphasised that “the matches are must-win encounters, with the Super Eagles lagging behind in third place in Group C of the African campaign behind Rwanda and South Africa.”

BREAKING: Finidi George appointed new Super Eagles head coach

Victor Osimhen's Transfer: Paris Saint-Germain Emerges as Front-Runner

In the ever-evolving landscape of football transfers, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has become the subject of intense speculation regarding his next destination. With several top clubs vying for his signature, including Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal, the latest revelations from agent and French football expert Oscar Damiani have narrowed down Osimhen's potential landing spot to one club: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Damiani's insights suggest that PSG, the reigning Ligue 1 champions, are emerging as the frontrunners in the race to secure Osimhen's services. This revelation comes amidst reports of interest from other prominent clubs, highlighting PSG's strong position in the pursuit of the talented striker.

One key factor contributing to PSG's advantage in the race for Osimhen is their established relationship with Napoli, the player's current club. Additionally, PSG's transfer guru Luís Campos, who previously worked with Osimhen during his time at Lille, adds another layer of familiarity and potential synergy between the player and the club.

While Chelsea and Arsenal have expressed interest in Osimhen, financial considerations, particularly related to compliance with the Premier League's Financial Fair Play regulations, may hinder their pursuit. PSG, on the other hand, appears to have the financial resources and willingness to meet Osimhen's reported release clause of 130 million euros.

Damiani's assessment underscores the unique qualities that Osimhen brings to the table, making him an invaluable asset to any team. With his combination of skill, versatility, and goal-scoring prowess, Osimhen has the potential to make a significant impact wherever he lands.

As speculation mounts and negotiations unfold, Osimhen's future remains uncertain. However, PSG's emergence as the leading contender for his signature signals an intriguing development in the ongoing transfer saga. Whether he ultimately becomes Mbappé's heir at PSG or pursues a different path, Osimhen's journey promises to captivate football fans worldwide.

Victor Osimhen's Transfer: Paris Saint-Germain Emerges as Front-Runner
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