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We can’t overload the players” – Super Eagles coach Finidi George reveals likely formation switch in Mali

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While two victories from as many games could help secure him the position of the Super Eagles coach, Finidi George has vowed to make a few changes when Nigeria face Mali in their second international friendly game.

One of the suitors vying for the Eagles job after the position was declared vacant by the Nigeria Football Federation since the departure of Jose Peseiro last month, Finidi was handed the job on an interim basis ahead of the international window and the Enyimba tactician started on a winning note with a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Ghana on Friday.

 

Friday’s win at the Grande Stade de Marrakech in Morocco was Nigeria’s first win over Ghana in 18 years.

 

Against the Black Stars, Finidi stuck to the 3-4-3 formation Peseiro used at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, albeit with different players.

 

The former Eagles player made seven changes to the team that lost 2-1 in the AFCON final to Ivory Coast with Cyriel Dessers, Chidozie Awziem, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Bruno Onyemaechi all returning to the team while it was a debut start for Benjamin Tanimu.

 

Speaking ahead of their next fixtures against Mali on Tuesday, Finidi has promised to make more changes to the team.

 

“Definitely, we are going to see new players. Definitely, we cannot overload the players. Some will come in, and we will see the areas where they can help,” Finidi said per NFF TV.

 

The former Ajax star will hope to make it two wins from two games against the Eagles to boost his chances of securing the Eagles job permanently.

 

The three-time African champions will face Mali at the Grande Stade de Marrakech in Morocco on Tuesday.

 

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