Finidi George: Why Nigeria Coach Resigned Amid Victor Osimhen’s Outburst

Finidi George: Why Nigeria Coach Resigned Amid Victor Osimhen’s Outburst

Edwin Kiplagat
June 16, 2024 at 7:53 AM
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  • Nigerian football is currently in a crisis after poor performances in the World Cup qualifiers and Victor Osimhen's rant against Finidi George
  • The recently appointed coach has also reportedly resigned from his role for various reasons barely two months after getting the job
  • Former Super Eagles media officer and experienced journalist, Colin Udoh, has clarified the situation with Finidi and Osimhen

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Finidi George reportedly resigned as Nigeria's coach following their defeat to Benin on June 10 in Abidjan in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The former Ajax star came under fire after the Super Eagles draw with South Africa and heightened after losing to the Cheetahs, leaving them winless.

To make matters worse, Nigeria superstar, Victor Osimhen, launched a scathing attack on Finidi after the coach allegedly questioned his availability for selection.

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Finidi George only coached Nigeria in two competitive matches. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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Finidi was appointed permanent coach in April following Jose Peseiro's exit in February. Many welcomed his appointment, but a few were sceptical.

On Thursday, June 13, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) released a statement, saying they plan on appointing a foreign technical adviser before the upcoming matches.

Finidi's reason for resignation

Former Super Eagles media officer and ESPN journalist, Colin Udoh, clarified the situation with Finidi. He confirmed that Finidi had resigned from the role and the reason behind it.

“Finidi confirmed to me that he resigned (from) his position indeed,” Udoh said in a video he posted on X. The reason being that he met with the NFF on Thursday (June 13) 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.”

The NFF are yet to confirm Finidi's resignation, and when they do, they will begin another search.

Adepoju urges NFF against sacking Finidi

Sports Brief earlier reported that former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, advised the NFF against sacking Finidi George.

The Real Sociedad star highlighted the coach's limited time preparing the team for difficult World Cup qualifiers.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.