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‘I’m here to win’: Enyimba confirm Finidi as new head coach

ENYIMBA have confirmed the recruitment of ex-international Finidi George as their new head coach.

The two-time African champions announced the former Super Eagles winger’s arrival on Wednesday.

“Enyimba Football Club has appointed Finidi George as its new head coach,” the club stated on their official website.

“The former Ajax and Real Betis winger, who replaces Fatai Osho whose contract expired at the end of August, has joined the eight times Nigerian champions on a two-year contract.”

Finidi, 50, has not proven himself on the big stage as a coach but he had a very successful playing career.

He made 62 appearances for the Super Eagles, winning the Africa Cup of Nations and attending Nigeria’s first-ever World Cup with the team in 1994.

Finidi also won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam in 1995 and became a cult hero at Spanish club Real Betis. He also played for Real Mallorca and Ipswich Town.

His first official game as Enyimba head coach will be the CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary round fixture against Senegalese side Diambers FC in mid-October.

“I have to say it’s a great opportunity for the club to have this confidence in me,” he told Enyimba’s website after signing the contract papers.

“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.”

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