Finidi rejects demotion, resigns from Super Eagles role

Reports in Nigeria indicate that Finidi George has resigned from his role with the Super Eagles on Saturday.

The 53-year-old assumed the role of manager of the Super Eagles in late April, replacing Portuguese trainer Jose Peseiro, whom he assisted at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations.

Before that, the former Ajax Amsterdam winger had served on an interim basis, overseeing the Super Eagles' friendlies against Ghana and Mali in March.

June World Cup qualifying results doom Finidi George

Roped in to salvage Nigeria's chances of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, Finidi has failed to progress the Super Eagles stylistically.

In June's World Cup qualifiers, the Finidi-led Super Eagles team drew with South Africa at home and lost to Benin in Ivory Coast days later. Those results ignited widespread debate about Finidi's future as the head coach of the Super Eagles.

Following the poor performances and ensuing controversy, the Minister of Sports held a closed-door meeting with the embattled coach, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and other key officials.

Finidi George rejects demotion, resigns from Super Eagles role
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Amid a number of resolutions, the headline item was the decision to appoint a foreign coach, with Finidi remaining as his assistant.

However, latest reports indicate that Finidi has rejected the proposition and has instead chosen to resign.

Overall, the former Enyimba gaffer won just one out of the four matches he has managed as Super Eagles boss.

Antonio Conceicao to take Super Eagles' reins?

Antonio Conceicao is the latest to be linked with the job as Super Eagles coach. The 62-year-old Portuguese is no stranger to the African terrain, having previously managed Cameroon.

Under his guidance, the Indomitable Lions finished third in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament they hosted.

In the said tournament, the Conceicao-led Cameroon side won six games, drew against Cape Verde in the group stage, and lost to Egypt via penalty shootouts in the semi-finals. Since leaving the Cameroon position in 2022, Conceicao has been without a job.

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