Finidi George

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria


Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George said that he is ready and equipped for the Nigerian U-17 coaching job. www.kick442.com can report.

In a monitored interview that the former Ajax and Real Betis player had with Ifeanyi Udeze on Sports Radio, Brila FM, Finidi said that he is ready to take up the job of the Golden Eaglet.

Finidi George (left) celebrating Dutch League title with coach Luiz Van Gaal (middle) and Kanu Nwankwo (right)

“Under 17 players are not ready-made players. One has to look for them across Nigeria. That is the major task. Definitely, I have people on ground that would help me to go around and see all the players because we won’t just pick a player from the Southern or Northern part of the country. Players will have to be picked from all over the country for us to have the best team. At the end of the day, if I am being given the job, that is what I am going to do. Once I get these players, I will then start my job so that I will tell the players how the game is being played. Apart from scouts, I will also need to see the players.” He told Ifeanyi Udeze.

Finidi George who is part of the coaching team of Mallorca U15 team in Spain is hopeful that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF will be able to give him the job.

“After applying for the job, I am keeping my fingers crossed hoping that I will get the job. It’s NFF that will decide at the end of the day. I just pray and hope they open their eyes and look at my side.

The former Calabar Rovers and Iwuanyanwu Nationale player, George opined that if given the opportunity to coach the Golden Eaglet he will give everyone the opportunity to showcase their talents for the team.

“I know that I started in Nigeria. For me, if I am given the job, the only way a player from abroad can come to the team is if the player is better than those that we have in Nigeria. If not there is no point inviting a foreign-based player. We have to give people the opportunity in Nigeria. Even if I want to win by all costs, I will make sure if we bring players from outside, that player must be four times better than the ones we have in Nigeria. That is the only way. But the opportunity will be opened to everybody. It’s for you to grab it and for them to come, and showcase their talents. At the end of the day, we will decide who is making it and who is not making it.” He concluded.

Finidi George played for Super Eagles of Nigeria from 1991 to 2002 and has over 60 caps for the national team. He won the 1994 African Cup of Nations, AFCON with Nigeria in Tunisia and also finished Runners Up in 2000, and Third Place in 1992 and 2002 AFCON.


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