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NFF To Unveil Finidi George As Super Eagles Head Coach Monday

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will on Monday morning in Abuja stage an unveiling ceremony to formally present to the public Finidi George as the new substantive Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, alongside Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Tinuke Watti, President of NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, and the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, are among prominent personalities expected at the unveiling.

George, who passed up an opportunity to coach a second-tier team in Spain to return to Nigeria and lead two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba FC, won the tough-as-nails Nigeria elite division title with the People’s Elephant in his second season and has left the club with a chance of retaining the title this season, with six matches to go.

When George formally bowed out of the Aba giants days ago, Enyimba FC remained in third place on the NPFL log, with 53 points from 32 matches, four adrift of table-toppers Enugu Rangers and three off second-placed Remo Stars.

The 52-year-old spent 20 months as assistant to Portuguese José Peseiro from the summer of 2022, during which the Super Eagles qualified for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and came within 28 minutes of a fourth African title in Cote d’Ivoire three months ago.

George, who as a player won 62 caps for Nigeria at senior level, during which he won the Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze, and played in two FIFA World Cup finals, has the immediate task of picking maximum points from 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa (home) and Benin Republic (away) in a few weeks from now.

 

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles Slip to 39th in FIFA World Ranking

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped again by one spot in the FIFA World Ranking to place world 39th in the July ranking.

In the ranking table by the world football governing body, the Nigerian team still maintains the 1,498.93 points it had in June.

The team suffered a massive drop in the June ranking from 30th to 38th after lacklustre performances in the World Cup Qualifying matches.

However, the drop on the global stage in July did not affect the team’s position on the continental stage, remaining fifth behind Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, and Cote d ‘Ivoire.

On the global scene, three continental competitions and many international friendlies have been served up in June and July, with at least 125 matches contested.

Having successfully defended their CONMEBOL Copa América crown, Argentina (first) tightens their grip at the top of the pile. France (second) are still their closest challengers after reaching the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2024.

Newly crowned European champions Spain (3rd, up 5) have yet more reason to celebrate after hauling themselves into the top three of the ranking.

England (fourth) are just behind the leading pack, having leapfrogged Brazil (fifth) and Belgium (sixth) now find themselves outside the top five.

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Super Falcons Shouldn’t Be Judged By Friendly Game Loss To Canada —Udeze

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Former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze has said the Super Falcons should not be judged by their loss to Canada in a test game.

The Falcons continued their preparations for this summer’s Olympics in Paris with a test game with reigning women’s Olympic champions Canada.
After 90 minutes the Falcons lost 1-0 to the Canadians, who they held to a goalless draw in the group stage at the 2023 FIFA women’s World Cup.

Despite the defeat, Udeze played it down, positing the test game is not enough to judge how the Falcons would perform in Paris.
“We have a tournament ahead of us, the Olympic Games, and we shouldn’t use the friendly to judge them. Let’s give them the benefit of doubt,” Udeze said on Brila.

The Falcons are in the same group with world champions Spain, two-time Olympic silver medal winners Brazil and former World Cup winners Japan.
The nine-time African champions will open their campaign against Brazil, who they lost 3-1 to in the group stage at the Beijing Olympics.

This would be the fourth time the Falcons would feature at the Olympics, after debuting at Sydney 2000.

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Count Me Out Of England Managerial Position – Postecoglou

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has debunked reports circulating in the media that he wants to be England’s next manager.

Recall that Gareth Southgate stepped down after England lost the Euro 2024 final to Spain on Sunday.

The Tottenham manager has been thrown into a mix of names, including Eddie Howe, Graham Potter, and Pep Guardiola, all of whom are being considered to manage the Three Lions.

However, Postecoglou stated that his focus is on Spurs at the moment.
“I was having a nap on Wednesday afternoon. I have no idea.
“I’m the Tottenham manager and I’m determined to bring success to this club.
“That’s where my focus is totally.”

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