Nigeria's mythical club Enyimba is taking a chance on George Finidi. The former Nigeria international has signed a two-year contract to coach the Aba Warriors.
Many former African football stars are now donning the coaching mantle at the end of their football careers. Habib Bèye at Red Stars (French D3), Benny McCarthy with AmaZulu (South Africa) to name a few. In Nigeria, it is George Finidi who has just taken the plunge.
The former Super Eagles attacking midfielder is the new coach of Enyimba (Nigerian D1). He has signed a two-year contract. Finidi is an icon in his country. He won the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. This gives him a good popularity rating among his compatriots.
It is therefore logical that Enyimba supporters expect a lot from George Finidi who was a maestro with the ball, a fine technician and endowed with a good intelligence in the game.
"I must say it is a great opportunity for the club to have this confidence in me. I would like to thank the president, the board members and the fans for even thinking about me," Finidi said after his appointment on Friday 17 September 2021. "As for me, I will be here to work and do the job. It will never be easy, but I'm here to work and make the team win," added the former Mallorca assistant coach (Spanish Liga).
Finidi replaces coach Fatai Osho who led Aba Warriors to second place (66 points) in the 2020-21 season, which Akwa United won by 71 points. Anything less than second place would be a failure for Finidi.
Amuneke: "I will do everything to support Finidi
George Finidi can indeed count on the support of his former partners in the national team. Emmanuel Amuneke, for one, believes Finidi has what it takes to succeed. But Amuneke has asked the Enyimba management to give Finidi time to implement his style of play in the team.
"I am very happy to hear that Finidi George has been appointed by Enyimba as their new manager. ''This is good news because he will be coaching in an environment where everyone can see and appreciate his good work," Amuneke enthused. "I really think he (Finidi) has made the right decision to start his managerial journey in Nigeria. I will do everything to support him so that he can excel in his new job," the former Super Eagles midfielder assured.