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Super Eagles Interim Coach Finidi George hints at super formation for friendlies against Ghana, Mali

The Super Eagles are due to tackle Ghana and Mali during the international break between March 22 and 26 and this could be too early for the new coach for the team to take full charge.

The interim coach of the senior national team of Nigeria, Finidi George, will take charge of the team later this month, as previously announced by the NFF, after waiting on their decision for who will take over following Jose Peseiro’s exit earlier this month.

The former Enyimba F.C. manager has been handed the chance to lead the team for the duration of these friendly games following his stint as Peseiro’s assistant during the 18 months he was in charge of the national team.

The Super Eagles will face the Black Stars of Ghana on the 22nd of March and afterwards, face the Les Aigles of Mali four days later with both games in Marrakech, Morocco.

When asked how he intends to manage the utility of players at his beck and call, the interim coach opined on a particular style of play he intends to implement. He also reflected on why the team lost the finals of the AFCON to hosts Cote d’Ivoire.

“The formation has to be upgraded at every given time. Every time you are in a tournament or score a goal, you try to do something else. We have to upgrade what we have done so far,” he said while explaining the final loss.

“I think it is a lesson. After our goal, we defended too deep. Moving forward, we have to push that formation. We have to push it a little bit further instead of going behind. We need to go a little bit further so we don’t struggle to win games. That’s what the coach will do. He saw it, too. So we have to be better on that.”

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