The appointment of Finidi George as the new Super Eagles coach on Monday was greeted with mixed reactions but the task before the 53-year-old make it far from alluring, writes GODWIN AIKIGBE

The Nigeria Football Federation’s decision to appoint Finidi George as the new coach of the Super Eagles stunned some of the country’s teeming football populace; after a myriad of reports had indicated that fan favourite Emmanuel Amuneke was the leading candidate to replace the departed Jose Peseiro.

Some felt the Rivers-born tactician wasn’t deserving of the job following the Eagles performances in recent friendlies against West African rivals Ghana and Mali, an audition that had Finidi in charge on a temporary basis.

However, now is the time to deliver having been handed one of football’s most unpredictable jobs and Finidi must now meet high demands.