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I’m not under pressure to deliver – Finidi, targets victories against S’Africa, Benin

By Francis Ajuonuma
Newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George says he is not under any pressure to deliver but remains optimistic of building a competitive senior national team Nigerians will be proud of.


Finidi, who made the disclosure, while speaking on TVC Sports programme on Wednesday said Nigeria has quality players that can fit in his team to produce the desire result football loving Nigerian are looking forward to.


He admits that working in the local league as a coach with Enyimba and under-studying former Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro has exposed him to what is expected from him as coach of the Super Eagles.

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“For sure i’m not under any pressure to deliver. I know what the job demands and i’m focused to deliver the desire result. i can assure you that there is no interference from the football house. I’ve been given the free hands to do the job and i’ve selected the assistants to help me achieve the result.


“Working in the Nigerian domestic league with Enyimba and as an assistant to Jose Peseiro has prepared me for the job and i’m ready to take advantage of the opportunity, “he said.


Speaking on the Super Eagles coming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification games against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and The Cheetahs of Benin Republic, the former Ajax of Holland forward expressed optimism that the 2023 AFCON silver medalists should be up to the task.


“We’re working to win these two games. It’s not going to be easy ride as we know football at times come with surprises but we are focused and determined to get the result. And we have the players to rise up to the occasion,” he added.


ThisNigeria Sports can authoritatively report that Finidi’s contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is for a two-year duration with a target to qualify Nigeria for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be jointly hoted by United States, Mexico and Canada and at least a semi-final ticket at the 2025 AFCON in Morocco.

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