Former Super Eagles Head Coach Finidi George Returns To His Roots, As He is Unveiled As Rivers United Technical Manager. {WATCH VIDEO}

Former Nigeria Super Eagles Head Coach Finidi George has returned to his roots after he has been unveiled on Thursday as Rivers United new technical manager in Port Harcourt.

The former Ajax star, reportedly signed a two-year contract as the Technical Manager of Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) side Rivers United.

During his youthful days, the Super Eagles legend had played for the Port-Harcourt based club Sharks FC which have metamorphosed into the present day Rivers United before he moved to Europe where he made waves playing for Ajax, Real Betis, Ipswich Town and other foreign clubs.

 “First I have to say I am very happy to be here. This is where I grew up; I started my football career in Sharks back then. I left this place as a footballer and I’m back as a coach. As a coach, there are chapters you have to close and new ones have to emerge.

Rivers United is a very big team seeing the results in the last season inspired me to come back and see how I can impact a little bit. I’ve been working in Abia State for some time and I think this is an opportunity for me to give back. I decided to take this challenge to come back to Rivers State. I’m not here for fun.

The target for a big team like Rivers is all about winning. We all want results but we have to work towards it. The target is to at least get the continental ticket next season and we will try our best to do that.” Finidi said in quotes revealed by Naija News.



Finidi was a member of the Nigeria so-styled ‘Golden Generation’ that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Tunisia and emerged as the second most entertaining team in Nigeria’s debut at the FIFA World Cup finals in the USA the same year.

He won 62 caps for Nigeria, including featuring at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals. He also won gold, silver, and bronze medals from the 1992, 1994, 2000, and 2002 AFCON tournaments.

The 53-year-old tactician was assistant under Jose Peseiro during the AFCON 2023 tournament as the Super Eagles lost the final 2-1 to host country Cote d'Ivoire.

He was appointed to take on a permanent coaching role with the Super Eagles in May following the departure of Peseiro after the Portuguese contract expired.

Prior to taking the national team job, Finidi was in charge of NPFL side Enyimba International. He won the league title in his second season with the People’s Elephant.

He will be hoping to replicate the same with Rivers United, who emphatically won the league in the 2021/22 season.

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