Tremendous Eagles assistant coach, Finidi George, has dispelled talks of him begging defender Pepe for his jersey after Thursday’s worldwide pleasant towards Portugal in Lisbon.
Finidi was closely criticised on social media for supposedly jostling for Pepe’s jersey with Moses Simon.
However the former Ajax star revealed that the incident was largely misrepresented and that he’s past being star-struck, jostling for jerseys for his private use.
Finidi defined that the request for Pepe’s jersey was not for himself however for his son who’s a fan of the FC Porto defender and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“My son requested me two weeks in the past if it’s attainable to get the shirt of Ronaldo or Pepe as a result of he’s a really huge fan of Actual Madrid once they had been on the membership and I informed him I’ll strive,”Finidi stated.
“Attending to the sector, we knew Ronaldo wasn’t going to start out as a result of he was sick. So I informed Pepe within the tunnel, please after the sport, I wish to have the shirt for my son. So, he informed me that was positive. After the sport, I noticed he was altering his shirt with one of many gamers and I went to remind him of what we stated within the tunnel earlier than the sport began.”
“He stated he was going to present his shirt to a Tremendous Eagles participant (Zaidu Sanusi) taking part in in his membership (Porto), and that positively, I’ll get the shirt. I used to be talking Spanish with him and that was it.”
Finidi was additionally curious why many followers made a problem concerning the incident.
“Individuals simply need to twist issues and the actual motive for me,” he continued.
“I’ve had many jerseys in my taking part in days and I don’t want Pepe’s shirt for myself. The place am I going to maintain it? I don’t have a museum. It’s simply that my son is an enormous fan and needed me to ask.
“That’s what I did. I don’t understand how getting one thing for my son and turns into viral on Social Media. It’s loopy mehn! I assumed we ought to be speaking concerning the recreation. However it was like I’m trending.” Finidi added.
Bruno Fernandes scored twice within the first half and debutant Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario added late objectives as Portugal thrashed Nigeria 4-0.
For Nigeria, it’s now three straight losses in a row as Jose Peseiro’s workforce nonetheless look nowhere close to a cohesive unit, and there are already rumblings for the coach to be pushed nearer to the exit door.
However a high-ranking NFF official informed ESPN that it was too early to entertain any such ideas: “He has simply began and we have to be affected person with him.
“He has additionally received the 2 video games that had been necessary, that’s the qualifiers for the Nations Cup. Friendlies are simply friendlies, and we are going to choose him on the qualifiers.”