Amid the anticipation and fervor surrounding the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) quest to appoint a new head coach for the illustrious Super Eagles, a captivating array of contenders has emerged.

With the departure of Portuguese tactician Jose Peseiro after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, where he steered the team to the runner-up spot, the stage is set for a new leader to guide the three-time African champions to further glory.

Following Peseiro’s departure and the expiration of his contract, the NFF opened the doors for applications, igniting a surge of interest from both domestic talents and seasoned international figures.

Ten candidates submitted their bids for the prestigious role, each bringing a unique blend of experience, vision, and ambition to the table.

This search for the next helmsman of the Super Eagles comes at a pivotal point, as the nation’s football enthusiasts eagerly await the announcement of the 27th manager to lead the team.

From the historic era of the Red Devils to the modern-day Super Eagles, the coaches who have graced the touchline have left an indelible mark on Nigerian football history, shaping the team’s identity and success over the decades.

With a rich list of candidates ranging from former national team stars to promising coaching talents, the Super Eagles’ coaching saga promises intrigue, anticipation, and the dawn of a new era in Nigerian football.

Domestic contenders for the next helmsman of the Super Eagles include:

Sunday Oliseh:

Oliseh’s previous tenure with the national team was marked by both success and controversy, making his candidacy a mixed bag. As a player, he had a distinguished career, notably winning the 1994 AFCON and playing for top European clubs. As a coach, his achievements include leading Nigeria to the 2016 African Nations Championship quarter-finals.

Finidi George:

Currently serving as interim coach for the Super Eagles, Finidi George’s familiarity with the team and recent success with Enyimba FC positions him as a strong candidate. As a player, he was part of the iconic Ajax team that won the UEFA Champions League in 1995.

Emmanuel Amunike:

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Endorsed by esteemed coach Jo Bonfrere, Amunike’s success as both a player and a coach, including leading Nigeria’s U-17 team to World Cup glory in 2015, makes him a frontrunner for the role. As a player, he won the AFCON in 1994 and represented top clubs in Europe.

Samson Siasia: Siasia’s candidacy is hampered by his current FIFA ban, limiting his immediate prospects. However, his past achievements, including leading Nigeria’s U-20 team to a silver medal in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, cannot be overlooked.

Sylvanus Okpala:

Okpala’s experience as both a player and an assistant coach, including winning the AFCON in 1980 and 2013, respectively, adds weight to his candidacy. However, his lack of recent coaching credentials might affect his chances.

Michael Nsien:

Nsien’s coaching career, though promising, is still in its early stages, with his current role as head coach of the United States U-19 team. His achievements as a player include representing Nigeria at the youth level and playing professionally in the United States.

Daniel Amokachi:

Likelihood – Low. Amokachi’s past involvement with the Super Eagles, including assisting Stephen Keshi during the 2013 AFCON victory, adds to his credentials. However, his coaching experience since then has been relatively limited, reducing his likelihood of securing the role.


Makinwa’s extensive playing experience in Europe, Africa, and Asia, coupled with his coaching credentials and UEFA Pro badge, make him a credible candidate. His knowledge of the Nigerian domestic league could work in his favor.

As the NFF deliberates on the crucial decision of selecting the 27th manager to steer the Super Eagles, football enthusiasts across the country await anxiously the announcement, knowing that the chosen candidate will inherit a legacy built by the likes of Jack Finch, who laid the foundation for Nigerian football decades ago.

In this era of transition, where the Super Eagles seek to reclaim their former glory, the selection of the next head coach carries immense significance, symbolizing not just a change in leadership, but a new chapter in Nigerian football history.