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I Can’t Force Osimhen to Play – Embattled Super Eagles Coach Finidi Cries Out Over Player Indiscipline

Super Eagles coach Finidi George has opened up on the turmoil he has faced in his first few weeks in charge of the team.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that despite the task of securing a spot in the 2026 World Cup, Finidi has been battling a lack of support from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), player indiscipline, and undue interference from NFF Board members.

The Super Eagles’ dismal performance under Finidi’s leadership has raised concerns about the team’s chances in the upcoming World Cup. A 1-2 defeat to Benin Republic and a narrow escape against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana have left fans and stakeholders worried.

Finidi, who met with Sports Minister John Enoh and NFF chieftains on Tuesday, expressed his frustration with the lack of commitment from top players like Victor Osimhen.

Finidi questioned Osimhen’s commitment to the national team, suggesting that he chooses which games to play for Nigeria.

“Finidi said the Napoli striker could still have managed to play these matches,” a source said.

“The coach will go on to say that it appears that Osimhen chooses the games he plays for Nigeria and he cannot beg him to play for his country.”

The coach also decried the breakdown of discipline in the team, with players strolling into training camp without a sense of urgency.

He alleged that some players have the backing of powerful NFF Board members, making it difficult for him to discipline them.

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