Finidi George desperate to coach Super Eagles
Former Nigerian winger Finidi George, despite being denied the opportunity to manage the U17s on two occasions, has vowed to continue fighting.
The 49-year-old has a UEFA A Licence that allows him to become head coach of up to 18-year-old youth teams, reserve teams and professional second-tier men’s outfits.
As the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) agreed to retain Manu Garba, Finidi George was first denied the chance to take charge of the Golden Eaglets.
In 2019, it was the same case of rejection, as he was snubbed by Fatai Amoo, a very seasoned compatriot.
“I’m very disappointed, but I understand the Nigerian system quite well,” George told BBC Sport Africa.
“It’s a matter of having patience. So I’m open to continuing to improve myself with the hope of getting a chance to coach one of the country’s youth teams.
“When you have the right qualifications, attitude and professionalism, you can only aim for the best and it may even be a chance with the senior side, the Super Eagles, we shall see.”
“I was disappointed to be ignored, but only consoled that at the end of the day this is Nigeria,” he added.
“I understand the challenges, I will just wait for when the time is right and the opportunity presents itself again.
“As I continue to look at other options out there, I am open and will not shut the door to Nigeria.
“I just hope someday that decision will be made, and I will be called upon to handle one of the teams. I can only just keep hoping.”