Why Finidi resigned as Super Eagles head coach

Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George, has resigned his position as the head coach of the Super Eagles.

Finidi was unveiled as the substantive coach of the senior national team last month. However, the former Enyimba International manager could not satisfy the expectations of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF); the core of which is to qualify the country for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

He led the team to a 1-1 home draw against South Africa in his first game and a 2-1 loss to the Benin Republic in the second game. Both matches were in the qualifying campaign. The latest string of performances condemned Nigeria to fifth in the qualification group, having previously drawn against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

The uninspiring results stirred adverse reactions from Nigerians, particularly on social media.

Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, subsequently summoned the NFF bosses over the losses to “give cause why there mustn’t be consequences for the disappointment caused both government and the generality of Nigerians”.

According to TheCable, the 52-year-old gaffer confirmed his resignation via WhatsApp chat with it on Saturday.

Last Thursday, the NFF said in a communique it issued after an emergency meeting of its executive arm, that it is working on the appointment of a foreign technical adviser in the coming weeks, ahead of the resumption of the World Cup qualifiers and start of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers next September.

It has emerged that Finidi quitted his role after insisting that he could not work under a foreign manager, which he considered as a contravention of his contract with the football federation.

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