FInidi George
FInidi George

Former Sharks, Ajax and Super Eagles winger, Finidi George says it is possible that he could one day coach a club in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL.

George, as a player featured for Sharks and Calabar Rovers in the old Nigerian First Division before moving abroad to play for Ajax, Real Betis, Ipswich Town, and Mallorca.

He has applied for a role as one of the National Team coaches but says if the conditions are right he could coach a club in the Nigerian League.

“It is not that we are not willing to coach any team in Nigeria but for me, if I have to coach, there must be guarantees,” Finidi George said.

The guarantees must include prompt payment of salaries which has over the years been an issue in the Nigerian League.

“I have to get a guarantee that salaries will be paid and that players will be taken care of. I wouldn’t want problems in the area of payment of salaries and traveling conditions,” Finidi said.

The soft-spoken former AFCON winner however believes that the NPFL clubs may not be able to meet these conditions.

“I do not know if clubs are willing to do these. You know that most of them are government-run clubs and sometimes you have problems like these.

“So if there is a club willing to meet all these, then I am willing to go back to the league and coach, but everything has to be taken into consideration,” George said.

“Nobody knows what is going to happen. If the conditions are good, then you will see a lot of ex-players going back to the League.”

Only Austin Eguavoen, Ben Iroha, Emeka Ezeugo, Daniel Amokachi, Samson Siasia, and Emmanuel Amunike from the Super Eagles class of 94 have attempted to coach in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The rest are either coaching abroad or prefer to spend their time one some other past time.

Just last week, Ukraine based Eddy Dombraye told that he was ready to return home after twenty-two years to coach a club in the League.

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