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International Friendly: Super Eagles set to target second win in two matches in charge of Nigeria

Posted : 25 March 2024

Former World Cup star Finidi George has reiterated his objective of securing a win in both matches for which he has been selected to take interim charge of Nigeria in this international window, ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Les Aigles of Mali in Marrakech.

The two West African teams will clash in a night game at the Grand Stade de Marrakech, where the three-time African champions put up a show to defeat arch-rivals Ghana 2-1 on Friday.

George must now do without defender Calvin Bassey and midfielder Frank Onyeka, who are injured and will not be part of Tuesday night’s ensemble against the 1972 AFCON runners-up.

Already, the Super Eagles have been hampered by the absence of key players like forwards Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface, and defenders William Ekong, Olaoluwa Aina, and Zaidu Sanusi. Defenders Gabriel Osho and Tyronne Ebuehi, and forward Taiwo Awoniyi also had to withdraw due to injuries.

Yet, the former Ajax Amsterdam and Real Betis winger is upbeat that those who defeated the Black Stars will also excel against the other Eagles.

“We cannot dwell on the injuries and absences that we have to cope with at this time. Our intention has always been to win these two matches and then look forward to the World Cup qualifiers in June. We are determined to maintain the momentum and winning mentality derived from beating the Black Stars,” George said on Monday morning.

Incidentally, the last of Finidi George’s 62 caps for Nigeria came against the Eagles of Mali. ‘The Gazelle’ was involved when on 9th February 2002, the Super Eagles defeated host nation Mali in the city of Mopti 1-0 to win the bronze medals of the 23rd Africa Cup of Nations.

Mali signaled their readiness for this encounter with a 2-0 victory over Mauritania also in Morocco on Friday.

Absences and injuries, along with George’s avowed intention not to overload players, could see goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo, defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Jamilu Collins, midfielder Alhassan Yusuf, and forwards Nathan Tella, Sadiq Umar, and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru take on prominent roles in the encounter with Les Aigles.


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