Nigeria vs Ghana: Finidi’s Peseiro impression – Audition for Super Eagles’ job

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Nigeria vs Ghana: Finidi’s Peseiro impression – Audition for Super Eagles’ job

Nigerians got a glimpse of the post-2023 AFCON Super Eagles on Friday evening.

From when the national team threw away a one-goal lead in that final, to losing it 2-1 to hosts Ivory Coast, a lot has happened.

Most importantly, Jose Peseiro has left his role as the head coach.

The Portuguese’s short-term deal elapsed on February 29, leaving the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to put out a notice for his replacement.

However, the only appointment that was made – belatedly – was former Nigeria international, Finidi George, being put in temporary charge of the Eagles.

Finidi was an assistant to Peseiro during the AFCON. But although he employed a similar tactical set-up as the Portuguese, there were marked differences.

“I think it was a good game for us,” Ope Adebari, a Sports Analyst, Reporter and Producer with News Central TV tells DAILY POST.

“Clearly, Finidi George is actually sound.

“It’s the same 3-4-2-1 as Peseiro used at AFCON but different implementation.

“We played from the back and playing with two proper defensive midfielders made a difference.

“Playing Alex Iwobi in his favoured position also made a difference.

“Nwabali would sometimes come out to make up a back 4 which allows Bright Osayi Samuel to invert. We then had one man extra in midfield.

“We totally dominated.

“But we also had a few moments of complacency. One of those moments led to the penalty conceded.”

Adebari, however, noted that Finidi needs to field the fringe players in the squad more against Mali on Tuesday.

According to him, “Raphael Onyedika, Alhassan Yusuf and Nathan Tella should get more time. They should play for at least an hour.”

Ever since Peseiro left the role, there have been calls from certain quarters for the NFF to recruit a domestic coach for the national team.

Finidi’s name has been mentioned along with ex-players like Daniel Amokachi, Samson Siasia, Emmanuel Amunike, Augustine Eguavoen and Sunday Oliseh.

With Finidi expected to be in charge when the Eagles take on the Malians next week, you would have thought he is auditioning for the job somewhat.

But Adebari has revealed to DAILY POST that Amunike is the preferred candidate.

“At least three people who work with NFF have already told me that Amunike has been chosen for the job.

“I think they’re just trying to iron out the salary,” he said.

In Adebari’s opinion, Amunike is not the best Nigerian coach available.

According to him, “I’d say he’d qualified for the job based on his CV and certifications.”


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