Super Eagles’ market value in the hands of ‘tough’ man Finidi – Musa

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has issued a stern warning to those who underestimate Finidi George, stressing that the former Super Eagles winger commands the utmost respect from the players.

Last month, Finidi was officially confirmed as Nigeria's coach after serving as an assistant to former coach Jose Peseiro for two years and stepping in as interim coach in March. He will lead the team for the first time in his new role during this month's 2026 World Cup qualifying games against South Africa and Benin.

Nigeria have struggled so far in the series, drawing their opening two matches against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Super Eagles' market value in the hands of 'tough' man Finidi George – Ahmed Musa
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Respect: Ahmed Musa on Finidi George as Super Eagles coach

In an interview with ESPN, the 31-year-old shed some light on the unique leadership qualities Finidi brings to the table, while counting the cost of Nigeria's failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Even during the Nations Cup, he always talked to the players and that respect is shown to him as a former player and now as Super Eagles coach, he has a lot of respect,” Musa said.

“I definitely respect him and people saying players will not respect him will know that even though he doesn't talk much, he can be very tough when he needs to be.

“We didn't qualify for the World Cup last time and everybody was sad… the players went through a lot because players' market value declined and it was a very difficult time.

“That is why we can't joke about it because the World Cup is important, especially for the young ones coming in. And of course, it is important for the country too.”

Super Eagles' market value in the hands of 'tough' man Finidi George – Ahmed Musa
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Musa excluded from South Africa and Benin matches

Musa was excluded from Finidi's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin.

An unused substitute during the AFCON, Musa is currently clubless, and it remains to be seen whether the former CSKA Moscow and Leicester forward will make a return to the Super Eagles fold in subsequent international windows.

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