Finidi George Faults Administrators For CAF Coach Licence Situation


On the back of Enyimba FC’s ouster from the CAF Champions League, head coach Finidi George has urged administrators to consider bringing the CAF coaching courses to Nigeria as soon as possible.

Finidi and his assistant, Yemi Olanrewaju Daniel were not allowed in the technical area during Enyimba’s CL qualifiers against Al Ahli Benghazi, because both of them did not have CAF Coaching Licences.


The Nigerian Champions lost 4-3 on aggregate in the preliminary qualifying round of the competition.

However, the coach explained that the match could have ended differently had the predicament of the Coaches not been so.

Finidi said CAF insistence on Coaches to possess its licence (CAF A Licence) to be able to oversee matches in its competitions should prompt the Authorities to have periodic exercises domestically to aid Coaches.

The Enyimba coaches carry UEFA Coaching licenses, which doesn’t contravene the CAF laws as domesticated in Nigeria.

“It’s the same issue with the CAF-A and the UEFA-A. For me, I have the UEFA-A, but CAF is insisting that we should have the CAF-A as well.

“But for the past 10 years they’ve not done a course like that in Nigeria. For 10 years they’ve not held any course concerning the CAF-A in Nigeria.”

“So where do we do it? They have to reconsider it also. If we’ve done it in the past 10 years and I didn’t do it, then you can hold me responsible, but you’ve not done it because of that nature in Nigeria and now you ask us to have that license. I don’t know where we’re going to get it from.”

Recall that the technical director of the NFF, Augustin Eguavoen had revealed that the NFF is looking into the matter, and that negotiations are to organize coaching courses in the Country.


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