Finidi ‘ll work with local players – Eguavoen

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical director Augustine Eguavoen has said home-based players will get more opportunities under the new Super Eagles technical crew.

Finidi George was unveiled as the new head coach of the Super Eagles at an elaborate ceremony in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Monday.

The 53-year-old was in charge of Nigeria Premier Football League champions Enyimba before his appointment.

The former Ajax and Real Betis winger also previously worked as an assistant to former head coach Jose Peseiro.

There has been persistent complaints over the neglect of home-based players in the Super Eagles in the past.

Only one local player, Ojo Olorunleke was included in the squad to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote.

Eguavoen has however assured the local players will be a part of the team on a regular basis in the new dispensation.

“There is a percentage of players from the domestic league who will always be part of the Super Eagles,” Eguavoen said at the unveiling ceremony of the new Super Eagles coach.

Four local players will reportedly be named in Super Eagles’ squad for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic.