Super Eagles legend and Assistant Super Eagles coach, Finidi George has explained the little dialogue that occurred between Pepe, Moses Simon and himself after the 4-0 loss to Portugal.
The former Champions League winner with Ajax known for his deadly runs and crosses explained that there was no scuffle between the lads on Thursday and was only reminding Pepe that his son wanted to get the veteran defender’s jersey.
Finidi told Premium Times how the event transpired, “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.
“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 somebody else, a player, a Super Eagles player playing in his club (Porto), and that definitely, I will get the shirt. I was speaking Spanish with him and that was it.”
Expressing his surprise on how the fans twisted the conversation to him ‘fighting’ Moses Simon over Pepe’s jersey, Findi said:
“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.” Finidi added.