Enyimba FC head coach, Finidi George has called out the Club’s management after their disastrous campaign at the African Football League, where they were eliminated by Wydad Casablanca, 4-0 on aggregate.
The Nigerian champions, Enyimba, had also crashed out in the preliminary stages of the CAF Champions League.
Recently, the Club’s management issues an ultimatum to the Coaching crew, threatening a clear out if the results and team performance don’t improve.
Reacting to the address, Finidi George went on a rant, decrying the quality of leadership at the Club and its role in what has been a dismal start to the campaign.
“Out of 19 new players that were brought in, I had knowledge of only 4 of them. When I saw the quality of the players that were brought, I called Ekwueme the Sporting Director and asked what the target for the season is, he said it is just to stabilize in the league as the focus is to settle down first.
“Ideally, before registering players for any competition, the coaches must be consulted to submit the list. But that wasn’t the case here. For whatever flimsy reason, we were not consulted and they did the registration themselves. As a result, some of the players we would have needed were not registered. It was much later that the sporting director just sent us the list of players that they had already registered.
“After the first leg, they dropped some players from travelling for the second leg in Casablanca, claiming that they couldn’t get them visas. We had to protest strongly before it was rectified. We later found out that there was more to it.
“Can you imagine that we went for such a game without the goalkeeping and fitness coaches? Myself and Yema were the only coaches that travelled for that game. That is very strange to me.
“Everyone has to put the interest of the club first because until this is done, we would only be joking.”
“We arrived Uyo on October 17 with the idea to have as many training sessions as possible on the grass pitch in Uyo since we are more used to our synthetic pitch. But we couldn’t really achieve that because the management failed to make the right arrangements with the stadium authorities.
“As a result, we improvised and had one of our training sessions at a primary school, while another training session was cut short because of the same poor arrangements.
“In fact, we played a team that was more used to the playing surface than us, the home team. It was obvious that we were at a disadvantage as a team used to artificial pitches and this really affected us.
“Also, we had only three trainings with the AFL match ball, meanwhile, our opponents had enough time to get used to it. That was why you could see my players struggling with their control, passing and shooting.”
“It is sad to see such statements being released when all hands should be on deck and things should be more organized to enable a positive environment for all. Yes, there have been issues, but I remained patient because I believed that we could harmonize efforts and work things out; but here we are.
“The issue with the team is obvious, and it has nothing to do with the coaches. The same coaches won the league with less goals conceded and the highest goal scored.
“We won the best Super 6 ever organized, scored the highest and conceded the least number of goals,” Finidi George told reporters.