Assistant Super Eagles Coach Finidi George has revealed that Pepe tried to get the Portuguese defender’s shirt after Thursday’s friendly in Lisbon.
Finidi was criticized on social media platforms for looking for a shirt with Super Eagles player Moses Simon.
However, the former Ajax star told PREMIUM TIMES what happened at the Jose Alavavade Stadium; adding that the subject has been largely misrepresented.
Finidi explained that Pepe’s shirt request was not for him, but based on his son’s request to get a shirt from one of Real Madrid’s former stars – Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo – because his son is a fan of both players.
“My son asked me two weeks ago if it is possible to get a shirt of Ronaldo or Pepe, because he is a big fan of Real Madrid when they were at the club and I told him I will try.
“When we got to the pitch, we knew Ronaldo wasn’t going to start because he was sick. So I said to Pepe in the tunnel, please, after the game, I would like to have my son’s shirt. So he told me it was fine. After the game, I saw one of the players changing his shirt and I went to remember what we said in the tunnel before the game started.’
He said he would give his shirt to someone else, a player, a Super Eagles player who plays for his club (Porto), and I will definitely get the shirt. I was talking to him in Spanish and that was it.”
Finidi wondered why so many people tried to make a problem where there was none. He said he had long since moved on from being a star hitter to looking for jerseys for his own personal use.
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“People want to twist things and my real reason. I’ve had a lot of jerseys during my playing days and I don’t need Pepe’s shirt for me. Where will I store it? I don’t have a museum. My son is a big fan and wanted to ask me…
“I did that. I don’t know if I get something for my son and it goes viral on social media. It’s crazy mehn! I thought we should talk about the game. But it was like I’m in fashion.” Finidi added.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost the match 0-4 against the Portuguese.
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