Enyimba FC have unveiled former Nigeria international Finidi George as the club’s new head coach on Wednesday.
The former Ajax and Real Betis winger joins the eight time Nigerian champions on a two-year contract replacing Fatai Osho whose contract expired at the end of August.
George, a legend of Nigeria’s men’s senior national team, made 62 appearances for the Super Eagles in an illustrious playing career that lasted up to fifteen years.
He was a key member of the glorious era that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and represented the country at two FIFA World Cups – the 1994 and 1998 editions.
At club level, George won the Uefa Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and went on to play for Real Betis, RCD Mallorca and Ipswich Town.
According to Enyimba’s official website, his first official game as People’s Elephant head coach will be the CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary round fixture against Senegalese side Diambers FC in mid-October.
Speaking to Enyimba’s media immediately after putting pen to paper, George said:
“I have to say it’s a great opportunity for the club to have this confidence in me. I want to thank the chairman, the members of the board, and the supporters for even thinking about me. On my own part, I will be here to just work and do the job. It’s never going to be easy but I’m here to work and make the team win.”
Chairman of Enyimba, Felix Anyansi Agwu stated that the arrival of George represents a new chapter for the club.
“I believe that the time has come for us as a club to open up a new chapter, a chapter that will showcase the many hardwork that has been going on behind the scene and usher in lots of success. For us to have engaged a coach like Finidi George who is coming from Europe is a clear statement of intent about our aspirations.”