Salary Issues Scare Finidi George From Coaching Nigerian Clubs

Former Ajax star Finidi George has given reasons why he is scared of coaching clubs in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

The former Super Eagles winger has revealed the possibility of him returning to coach a club in the NPFL but insisted that he needs a guarantee of prompt payment of salaries for him to accept such offer.

George stated that such poor attitude by Nigerian club owners of not paying coaches their wages had been an issue in the NPFL over the years.

“I have to get a guarantee that salaries will be paid and that players will be taken care of,” Finidi George was quoted in an online report by

He continues: “I wouldn’t want problems in the area of payment of salaries and traveling conditions.”

The Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC, Sharks, Real Betis, Ipswich Town and Mallorca winger has applied for a role as one of the National Team coaches, but says if the conditions were right he could coach a club in the Nigerian League.

“It is not that we are not willing to coach any team in Nigeria but for me, if I have to coach, there must be guarantees,” he said.

George opine that the NPFL clubs may not be able to meet his conditions to become one of the coaches in the local leagues.

“I do not know if clubs are willing to do these. You know that most of them are government-run clubs and sometimes you have problems like these.

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“So if there is a club willing to meet all these, then I am willing to go back to the league and coach, but everything has to be taken into consideration. Nobody knows what is going to happen. If the conditions are good, then you will see a lot of ex-players going back to the League.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

Oseg has been a writer since 2013. His passion for helping people in all aspects of sports flow through in the expert coverage he provides in writing for GoalBall.