The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday officially unveiled former Ajax star Finidi George as the new coach of the Super Eagles.

The NFF announced the appointment of Finidi as Super Eagles coach two weeks ago, but they did not reveal the deal’s specifics.

Finidi George signed his contract at the event with the President of the NFF Ibrahim Gusau and the Sports Minister John Enoh.

The one-year deal indicates that the NFF is just trying him out. If Finidi fails to perform, he will likely be booted out.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, rallied the support of critical stakeholders and Nigerians for Finidi George, the newly appointed Head Coach of the Senior National Team, the Super Eagles.

Speaking at the unveiling of Finidi George as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles inside the Media Centre of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Senator Enoh observed that the appointment of Finidi George as the National Team Coach was well received by Nigerians expressed his confidence in his ability to take the Super Eagles to a new height.

For this to happen, he stated that the new Super Eagles Head Coach requires the support of all Nigerians for him to succeed.

According to the Minister, “With his appointment, Finidi George has the responsibility to bring back the liveliness and excitement of the Nigerian Football.”

The Minister stated that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu started with so much support for Nigerian Football adding that, “We can’t afford to let him down.”

Earlier in his remarks the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Dr. Ibrahim Muza Gusau, stated that the appointment of Finidi George signaled a new dawn in the history of Nigerian Football. He said that his appointment was in line with the clamour of Nigerians for the appointment of an indigenous coach to handle the Super Eagles.

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He explained that it was in deference to this yearning that the Federation directed the technical team saddled with the responsibility of picking the coach to look inward and choose an indigenous coach for the national team. Now that the choice of the coach has been made, he called on all Nigerians to support him to succeed in his new role, especially with the World Cup and AFCON qualifiers in sight.

Gusau also revealed that as a policy, the Nigerian Football Federation gave Finidi George the autonomy to select his assistants and coaching staff.

He stressed that the assistants would be paid on a game-by-game basis to avoid a crisis in the payment of their allowances that had bedeviled the process in the past. He also assured that they will be entitled to bonuses and entitlements enjoyed by players and coaches.

In his response, Finidi George, the newly appointed Coach of the Super Eagles thanked NFF and Nigerians for his appointment. He promised to put in his best in the task of lifting Nigerian Football to the next level.

Meanwhile, the new Super Eagles gaffer, Finidi George has assumed his role as Head Coach of the Super Eagles following his official unveiling by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and has chosen five assistants.

They are three foreign-based who will join former Nigerian international, Daniel Amokachi and former Shooting Stars player Benjamin James, who is based in Germany as assistants, while Olatunji Baruwa will serve as goalkeepers’ trainer, Netherland-based Chima Onyeike as the Fitness Trainer, and Mehmet Ozturk, the Analyst.

After serving as an assistant to former coach Jose Peseiro, the former Ajax and Real Betis winger brings his experience from a 20-month tenure alongside Peseiro.

Having led the team as a caretaker coach during friendlies against Ghana and Mali in March, Finidi’s official tenure begins with the upcoming fixture against South Africa in June, the World Cup qualifying match is scheduled to take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

The Super Eagles currently hold the third position in Group C, having garnered two points from two matches.

Rwanda leads the group with four points, followed by South Africa with three points.