I wanted Pepe’s jersey for my son – Finidi George reacts to controversy

Super Eagles assistant coach, Finidi George has explained why he got into a squabble with national team star, Moses Simon, over Portuguese defender, Pepe’s jersey, after a friendly last week.

Finidi George revealed that he wanted to get Pepe’s jersey for his son who was a very big fan of Real Madrid when the defender and Cristiano Ronaldo were at the club.

He said;

“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 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”.

Also questioning fans’ interest in the incident, the former Ajax star 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.”[/i][/quote]

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