The immediate past coach of the Super Eagles, Finidi George, will reportedly be unveiled as the new Rivers United head coach. Finid’s life, unveiled as permanent head coach in May 2024, was short-lived and lasted only 40 days. His departure was due to poor performance in World Cup qualifiers and internal tension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Despite his short-lived role, Finidi’s impact on Nigerian football remains significant due to his prolific playing and coaching career.

In his rapid career, Finidi George takes the reins of Rivers United, a prominent team in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The decision follows his departure from the national team and is aimed at reviving Rivers United after a disappointing season. Rivers United made a promising start to their run to the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup but struggled in the domestic league, finishing outside the Premier League and failing to secure a ticket to the continent for the first time in three years.

Rivers United sees the appointment of Finidi as a strategic move to capitalize on his extensive experience and past success. As a player, Finidi was part of Nigeria’s golden generation that won the 1994 African Cup of Nations and performed commendably at the World Cup in the United States that same year. Since transitioning into coaching, he has enjoyed considerable success, including winning the NPFL title with Enyimba. This rich background should bring a new dimension to Rivers United, helping them regain their competitive edge and reclaim their position in the league.

The appointment comes at a crucial time for Rivers United as they look to improve their performance and restore their status as one of the powerhouses of Nigerian football. Under the leadership of Finidi George, the club is optimistic about returning to winning ways and achieving greater success in the NPFL and continental competitions. His leadership and tactical expertise should bring new energy to the team and promote a culture of excellence and flexibility

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