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Nigerian fans outraged over Super Eagles Coach Finidi George’s substitution

The Super Eagles of Nigeria faced a surprising defeat to Benin Republic in their fourth World Cup qualifier, leading to widespread frustration among fans, particularly directed at head coach Finidi George.

The match started promisingly for Nigeria as Raphael Onyedika scored in the first half, following excellent defensive play. However, the Super Eagles couldn’t maintain their lead, allowing Benin Republic to equalize and then take a late lead, resulting in a shocking loss for the Nigerian team.

A key moment in the game that sparked outrage was the substitution of Alex Iwobi in the 55th minute for Paul Onuachu. Iwobi, known for his creativity and ability to maintain possession, was seen as vital to the team’s strategy. His removal led to a shift in the Super Eagles’ playstyle, with the team resorting to ineffective long passes and losing control of the game.

Nigerian fans took to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to express their dissatisfaction with Finidi George’s decision. Many felt that substituting Iwobi was a critical error that contributed to the team’s downfall.

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One fan commented, “He’s putting two big strikers in one game and taking away the creative player!! Una dey see una clown coach?”

Another fan echoed the sentiment, saying, “This is the worst coach the Super Eagles have ever had.”

A third fan added, “Asin, eh! I am just confused. He now brought in 2 strikers who needed supply.”

The defeat leaves the Super Eagles without a win in their last four games, sitting in fifth place in Group C of the qualifiers. This ongoing struggle has heightened the scrutiny on Finidi George’s coaching decisions and strategies.

The Super Eagles now face an uphill battle to improve their standings in the World Cup qualifiers. The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the team’s coaching staff will need to address these issues and make critical adjustments to get back on track.

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