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Interim coach of Nigeria’s national team, Finidi George, is adamant about not underestimating the significance of the forthcoming friendly matches against Ghana and Mali, as he eyes a potential permanent role as the replacement for Jose Peseiro. George, who recognizes the importance of maintaining Nigeria’s momentum following their recent second-place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations, is keen on securing positive results in these encounters.

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In an interview with Newsmen, George highlighted the weightiness of the upcoming fixtures, particularly the clash with Ghana’s Black Stars. “They call it friendly matches, but there is really nothing friendly when you play, especially against Ghana,” he emphasized. Drawing from his own experiences as a player, George stressed the intensity of matches between the two nations, which are often perceived as intense battles.

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While expressing his desire to continue leading the team beyond his interim role, George acknowledged the challenge posed by Manchester City’s dominance as the best team globally. He asserted, “We finished in second place at the Africa Cup of Nations, and everyone expects us to maintain that high rating and even improve shortly.”

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George also recognized the absence of four players due to injury but expressed confidence in the remaining squad’s ability to represent Nigeria with pride and patriotism.

As Nigeria gears up for the historic 60th meeting against Ghana, scheduled for Friday, the significance of this encounter cannot be overstated. With a rich history dating back to their first encounter in 1951, both teams have engaged in numerous memorable battles over the decades.

Despite facing setbacks in the form of injuries and a formidable opponent in Ghana, George remains optimistic about Nigeria’s prospects. The stage is set for another chapter in the storied rivalry between the Super Eagles and the Black Stars, two giants of African football.

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