Qualify for 2026 World Cup, NFF tells Finidi George 

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Newly appointed Super Eagles head coach Finidi George has been mandated to make sure Nigeria qualify  for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Finidi’s appointment was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday.

The Super Eagles are yet record a win in the qualifiers after drawing their opening two games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Nigeria are third position in their qualifying group for the 2026 World Cup.

The Super Eagles will on June 7 in Uyo,  welcome second-placed South Africa, before they battle bottom team Benin in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire a few days later.

“In the month of June, Nigeria will play the games of their lives against South Africa and Benin,” said former African Footballer of the Year Victor Ikpeba, who is also on the NFF technical committee that recommended Finidi for the top post.

“We are on the back foot after we drew our first two World Cup qualifiers and so we have to win the next games.

“We have the players and if Finidi can get the best out of them, we will qualify for the World Cup.”

Ikpeba also said the new coach will also be expected to give players playing their football in Nigeria a more decent chance in the Super Eagles.

“He lives here, he works here (as coach of NPFL champions Enyimba),” he said.

“He will give the local players a chance in his team.

“He will have to look inwards, that’s how we got the player Finidi George.”

Blueprint can also report that Finidi is to look inward and discover talents from the Nigeria Premier Football League(NPFL) where he was also discovered and giving chance.

Our correspondent reliably gathered that the NF given him one year contract but will be renew depending on his performance chart.