Super Eagles assistant coach, Finidi George, has dismissed talks of him begging Portugal defender Pepe for his jersey after Thursday’s international friendly loss against the Europeans in Lisbon.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Finidi was heavily criticised on social media for supposedly scrambling for Pepe’s jersey with Moses Simon.
But the former Ajax star and Enyimba Head Coach revealed that the incident was largely misrepresented and that he is above being star-struck.
He explained that the request for Pepe’s jersey was not for himself but for his son who is a fan of the star stopper and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“My son asked me two weeks ago if it’s possible to get the shirt of Ronaldo or Pepe because he’s a very big fan of Real Madrid when they were at the club and I told him I will try,” Punch quotes Finidi as saying.
“Getting to the field, we knew Ronaldo wasn’t going to start because he was sick. So I told Pepe in the tunnel, please after the game, I would like to have the shirt for my son. So, he told me that was fine. After the game, I saw he was changing his shirt with one of the players and I went to remind him of what we said in the tunnel before the game started.”
“He said he was going to give his shirt to a Super Eagles player (Zaidu Sanusi) playing in his club (Porto), and that definitely, I will get the shirt. I was speaking Spanish with him and that was it.”
Finidi, a Champions League winner, added: “People just want to twist things and the real reason for me.
“I’ve had many jerseys in my playing days and I don’t need Pepe’s shirt for myself. Where am I going to keep it? I don’t have a museum. It’s just that my son is a big fan and wanted me to ask.
“That’s what I did. I don’t know how getting something for my son and becomes viral on Social Media. It’s crazy mehn! I thought we should be talking about the game. But it was like I’m trending.”