June 15, 2024

Why Finidi George resigned as Super Eagles coach

Finidi George

Finidi George

By Ayobami Okerinde

More details have emerged concerning the motivations behind Finidi George’s decision to step down from his role as head coach of the Super Eagles.

The 53-year-old submitted his resignation to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Saturday.

George guided the Eagles to a 1-1 draw against South Africa at home in Uyo and a critical 2-1 loss to Benin Republic in Abidjan, placing Nigeria’s World Cup qualification in jeopardy.

Collin Udoh, a former Super Eagles media officer, revealed in a video posted on social media that he spoke to Finidi after he decided to quit the team.

He said, “Finidi confirmed to me that he resigned his position indeed,” Udoh said.

“The reason being that he met with the NFF on Thursday, and they had a very good conversation.

“They spoke about the things they need to do going forward and he (Finidi) asked if he will be back.

“At no point during that meeting did anyone tell him they were going to appoint a foreign technical adviser.

“The NFF board had met on Wednesday and made that decision. But it was when Findi landed in Port Harcourt after that meeting that someone called him and informed him. He (Finidi) had to park his car and read the link to see that it actually was true.

“So he waited for two days to see if anyone would contact him but nobody spoke to him. So he (Finidi) felt they didn’t want him anymore, and so he decided to turn in his resignation.”