Finidi George And Embarrassing Moments At Enyimba Following AFL Exit

Finidi George is Enyimba coach Kanu Nwankwo reiterates

Enyimba FC head coach, Finidi George opens up on irregularities playing behind the scene at the home of the former CAF Champions League winners reports.

In an exclusive interview with some selected journalists in Nigeria as post on X by Nigeria Premier Football League NPFL, commentator Mike, Finidi George denies giving consent to the signing of some players into the club.

According to the coach Finidi, he wasn’t fully aware of the recent signings made by the club ahead of the ongoing African Football League (AFL).

Enyimba were beaten over two legs by former Botola Pro League champions, Wydad Casablanca during its quarterfinal game at the African Football League.

Pressure mounted on the former Super Eagles winger to step aside from his role as head coach; but he has come out to accuse tye management of the club over lack of support, and negligence of duty.

Finidi George explains irregularities at Enyimba.
Finidi George

Finidi George explain irregularities at Enyimba

“Out of 19 new players that were brought in, I had knowledge of only 4 of them. When I saw the quality of the players that were brought, I called Ekwueme the Sporting Director and asked what the target for the season is, he said it is just to stabilize in the league as the focus is to settle down first,” he said.

The 1994 African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) winner, also said he wasn’t even consulted before players were registered for the AFL; he stressed that such behaviour from the authority is absurd and not acceptable.

“Ideally, before registering players for any competition, the coaches must be consulted to submit the list. But that wasn’t the case here. For whatever flimsy reason, we were not consulted and they did the registration themselves. As a result, some of the players we would have needed were not registered. It was much later that the sporting director just sent us the list of players that they had already registered,” he continued.

“After the first leg, they dropped some players from travelling for the second leg in Casablanca, claiming that they couldn’t get them visas. We had to protest it strongly before it was rectified. We later found out that there was more to it.

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“Can you imagine that we went for such a game without the goalkeeping and fitness coaches? Myself and Yema were the only coaches that travelled for that game. That is very strange to me.”

The former Ajax Amsterdam winger, called for every stakeholder of the club to always consider the club first; hence putting their individual interest first.

“Everyone has to put the interest of the club first because until this is done, we would only be joking.”

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Enyimba players in action against Wydad Casablanca.

George explains lack of planning one of the reasons Enyimba flopped at the AFL

Further speaking, he said, “We arrived Uyo on October 17 with the idea to have as many training sessions as possible on the grass pitch in Uyo since we are more used to our synthetic pitch. But we couldn’t really achieve that because the management failed to make the right arrangements with the stadium authorities. As a result, we improvised and had one of our training sessions at a primary school, while another training session was cut short because of the same poor arrangements.

“In fact, we played a team that was more used to the playing surface than us, the home team. It was obvious that we were at a disadvantage as a team used to artificial pitches and this really affected us.

“Also, we had only three trainings with the AFL match ball, meanwhile, our opponents had enough time to get used to it. That was why you could see my players struggling with their control, passing and shooting.”

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George calls for a cordial workplace at Enyimba

“It is sad to see such statements being released when all hands should be on deck and things should be more organized to enable a positive environment for all. Yes, there have been issues, but I remained patient because I believed that we could harmonise efforts and work things out; but here we are.

“The issue with the team is obvious, and it has nothing to do with the coaches. The same coaches won the league with less goals conceded and highest goal scored. We won the best Super 6 ever organized, scored the highest and conceded the least number of goals,”

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