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DOMBRAYE TARGETS COACHING JOB WITH AMBITIOUS NPFL CLUB

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Former Nigerian youth international, Eddy Lord Dombraye says he’s now at the ready to coach any ambitious Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club side following his stint in Europe after acquiring the most sought-after UEFA coaching badges.

 

Dombraye, who recently completed his UEFA A + B course in addition to the UEFA C License of 2016, said he was challenged to offer his expertise and experience having cut his teeth on the domestic scene before his sojourn in Europe.

“I think I’m ready to come back home and coach any of the top teams in the NPFL,” explains Dombraye who was second top scorer in the league exactly two decades ago in 1998.

“I have two  UEFA coaching licenses now and currently , I’m attached to the youth team of  FC Arsenal Kyiv here in Ukraine but it  is my strong desire to come down to coach in Nigeria in other to  contribute my quota to the  growth of the  NPFL.”

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The former Bendel Insurance of Benin and Iwuanyanwu Nationale striker further said he was impressed with the calibre of young coaches presently with several NPFL side, adding he was ready for the rough and tumble job.

 

“I love everything about coaching and I know there is a world of difference between coaching in Africa and Europe but what counts at the end of the day is the result,” insists Dombraye who recently marked his 39th anniversary on November 11.

“ I have solid experience playing back home in Nigeria before going to Europe and I’m very impressed with what the likes of Fidelis Ilechukwu did with MFM  as well as what Kennedy Boboye and Imama Amapakabo  did respectively with Plateau United and Rangers by winning the NPFL  title.

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“I will like to replicate that  with any other club and that should tell anybody the kind of mentality that I’m coming  back with and  I want  a chance with any ambitious side.

 

“ I’ve had one or two offers from Nigeria but they are not the kind of clubs I would like to work with; I’m an ambitious person and I want to work with a club that can matches my ambition,” declares Dombraye who was  a double winner of both  WAFU Cup  and CAF Cup with  Bendel Insurance in 1993 and 1994 respectively.

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Nigeria’s broadcast icon, Danladi Bako hails NFF on choice of Finidi George

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Nigerian broadcasting icon, Dr. Nasir Danladi Bako has praised the Nigeria Football Federation for settling for former international and ex-Enyimba FC strategist Finidi George as Head Coach of the Super Eagles.

The Kogunan Sakwatto, 66, who created a plethora of famous TV programmes including Morning RideMastersports and Second Chance, among others, and served as Special Adviser to a number of Sports Ministers many years ago, insisted the NFF leadership struck a bull’s eye with the appointment of the two-time FIFA World Cup star, stating that George oozes class and character, and an iron determination to succeed despite his public carapace of a quiet person.

“Finidi George has that cultured, disciplined mien and personality that makes you want to trust him with a big project. He understands the meaning of constituted authority and right from his playing days, has always displayed the attribute of a team player. He has always had that calm, collected nature even in the face of pressure or danger.

“Above all, he is not someone who thinks he is doing the nation a favour. He is grateful for the opportunity and I believe that he has all it takes to succeed. I am calling on the Federal Ministry of Sports Development, the NFF and Nigerians as a whole to support him to take the Super Eagles to brand-new heights.”

Bako, who holds a doctorate degree in development communication from the Ahmadu Bello University and was Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission between 1999 and 2002, says all hands must now be on deck to ensure victories in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic on 7 June and 11 June respectively.

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“No doubt, the NFF got this one appointment right. Very much on point. Now, they should endeavour to give George all the support he needs to succeed in his task of qualifying Nigeria for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

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Nigeria’s sports minister, Enoh applauds NFF for ‘buying local material’

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Sports Minister Enoh (left) and NFF President Gusau (right) unveil Finidi.

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh on Monday praised the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation for settling for an indigenous Head Coach for the Super Eagles, despite the plethora of foreign tacticians who applied for the job.

Enoh, who spoke at the unveiling ceremony of the Eagles’ new substantive Head Coach, Finidi George at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, charged the NFF to give the former winger all the support to succeed, while also soliciting the support of all Nigerians for the new helmsman.

“As a student of the University of Calabar in those days, I used to go to the UJ Esuene Stadium to watch Calabar Rovers, which included Finidi George. I am excited to see him seated here as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles.”

President of NFF,  Ibrahim Musa Gusau exuded delight with the ‘new chapter’ the Federation is opening about the Nigeria game, saying the football-governing body is determined to fully support George and his assistants to lead the Super Eagles to new heights.

“When we returned from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, we began the search for a new Head Coach. There was a plethora of foreign applicants, far more than the indigenous applicants. However, we undertook a thorough process that has produced an indigenous Coach and we are very happy about that. Finidi George was part of the technical crew that came close to winning the AFCON, and we have faith in him that he will lead the team to the title next time.  

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“Our objective now is to ensure the enthronement of excellence at all levels of the National Teams.”

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No more bench-warmers in the Super Eagles, says Finidi George

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New man on the managerial saddle of the Super Eagles, Finidi George has stated that  he will invite for international assignments, only players who feature regularly at their clubs either in Nigeria or in the diaspora, and promised that the Super Eagles will remain even more competitive in the years ahead.

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