Super Eagles Coach: Italian Manager Joins Race to Succeed Finidi, Explains Why He's Best Man For Job

Super Eagles Coach: Italian Manager Joins Race to Succeed Finidi, Explains Why He's Best Man For Job

  • As the search for a new Super Eagles coach continues, Roberto Landi has asked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to give him a chance
  • Landi, in a video seen by, said he would get the best out of Nigerian players, especially Super Eagles players currently plying their trade in Italy
  • Since Finidi's exit, names like Antonio Conceicao, Samson Siasia, and Emmanuel Amunike have sprung up journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football in Nigeria and worldwide.

FCT, Abuja - Italian football manager, Roberto Landi, has joined the race to succeed Finidi George as the Super Eagles head coach.

The 68-year-old tactician, who has handled the likes of Qatar U21 and Scotland's Livingston FC in the past, is the latest to express his intent for the vacant Nigerian role.

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Roberto Landi says he is best suited to the Super Eagles' job
The Super Eagles are currently coachless following Finidi George's resignation. Photo credit: @FinidiGeorge_FG
Source: Twitter

Although cannot immediately confirm if Landi has sent his CV to the NFF, he made a video which surfaced on the internet on Friday, June 21.

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He said:

"I have big experience, especially in Africa. In my career, I train (sic) four national teams: Georgia, Lithuania, Qatar, and Liberia."

Landi continued:

"I have a big experience with African countries, African players, and African mentality.
"I think with top players in the Nigerian squad like Victor Osimhen, I think an Italian coach with an Italian mentality can be very vital for them."

Landi, who once handled the Liberia national team, was a goalkeeper trainer with the United States of America (USA) national team between 1990 and 1994. He has also coached in Italy, Romania, Libya, Georgia, Lithuania, Scotland, and Qatar.

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Landi played for South Africa giants Kaizer Chiefs, Piacenza, Modena, Siena, and Major Soccer League side Vancouver Whitecaps FC and New York Cosmos.

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NFF reacts to reports of Super Eagles' star's ban earlier reported that the NFF described as outright falsehood reports in some online publications that it slammed a ban on Super Eagles’ star forward, Victor Osimhen.

NFF general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said the federation has neither instructed nor concluded a process to ban Osimhen from the national team.


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