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Finidi hurt by Nigeria snub

September 29, 2020
Finidi George at Ajax

Former Super Eagles winger, George Finidi is disappointed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) overlooked him for the Golden Eaglets’ coaching job.

Finidi, one of Nigeria’s most successful footballers ever, was a member of the Super Eagles squad that won Tunisia ’94 AFCON title, and later qualified Nigeria for the first-ever World Cup at USA ’94, where the team narrowly missed a quarterfinal ticket to Italy.

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A three-time Eredivisie and a one-time UEFA Champions League winner, Finidi stared for Sharks of Port Harcourt, Ajax, Real Betis, Real Mallorca, and Ipswich Town before he retired in 2004.

Finidi after that took an interest in coaching and served as an intern coach at Dutch side, FC Zwolle, on the way to earning a coaching badge.

He was later appointed as the youth team coach of Spanish LaLiga side, Mallorca, after which he applied for a role as one of the National Team coaches.

However, the NFF snubbed Finidi and named Fatai Amoo as the Golden Eaglets coach and Ladan Bosso as the Flying Eagles coach.

”I’m disappointed, at the same time, no hard feelings. I have to wish them well because whatever they are going to do is for Nigeria.

”No matter who they have appointed, it is for the good of the country.

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”Personally, I will wish them well; it’s not up to me to put myself there. If you apply for a job, you still have people that will take decisions.

‘They have appointed the coaches they feel are good enough, so no hard feelings, Finidi was quoted as saying on Brila FM.

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