JUST IN: Finidi George Takes Charge As Super Eagles Battle Black Stars Of Ghana Friday

Finidi George Takes Charge As Super Eagles Battle Black Stars Of Ghana Friday

Takes Charge As Battle Black Stars Of Ghana Friday


Former 's forward, Finidi George, will occupy the chief's corner in the dugout when the Super Eagles confront West African arch-rivals, the Black Stars of Ghana in an international friendly on Friday in Marrakech, Morocco.

The 52-year-old former Ajax and Real Betis winger, who made a scoring debut for Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations' qualifying match against Burkina Faso in 1991, has been appointed by the Nigeria Federation, NFF, to hold the reins in the meantime as a group of 22 players take on Ghana and Mali in this month's international window.

On his debut in 1991, George, who also featured for Calabar Rovers and Sharks FC in the domestic scene before heading to Europe, scored one and made four assists for legendary ‘goalsfather' Rashidi Yekini (of blessed memory), and also assisted the latter to score Nigeria's first-ever FIFA Cup goal against Bulgaria in Dallas, USA on 19th June 1994.

Actually, George scored the goal that took Nigeria to her first FIFA World Cup finals, when he put Nigeria ahead against hosts Algeria in a crucial qualifier in Algiers on 8th October 1993. The match eventually ended 1-1 and earned Nigeria a ticket to the finals in .

The former Enyimba of Aba gaffer will bellow instructions from the touchline, 21 months after he began to understudy Portuguese José Santos Peseiro, who led the Eagles to runner-up position at the 34th Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d'Ivoire earlier in the year.
Meanwhile as at Tuesday lunchtime, 12 of the 22 players invited for the match had arrived in Morocco's fourth-largest city, with defenders Gabriel Osho and Tyronne Ebuehi, and forwards and Taiwo Awoniyi having been knocked out by injury.
At the team's Adam Park Hotel in Marrakech are goalkeepers Stanley Nwabali and Olorunleke Ojo; defenders Calvin Bassey, Semi Ajayi, Jamilu Collins, Bruno Onyemaechi and Benjamin Tanimo.

Others are midfielders Alex Iwobi, Raphael Onyedika and Alhassan Yusuf; and forwards Moses Simon, Nathan Tella, Cyriel Dessers, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Sadiq Umar and .

Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defender Chidozie Awaziem, midfielders Frank Onyeka and , and forward Kelechi Iheanacho were being expected in Marrakech by Tuesday.

Only -based defender Bright Osayi-Samuel is being expected on Wednesday.

The Eagles will also take on the Les Aigles of Mali at the same Grand Stade de Marrakech on Tuesday, 26th March.

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