Palace coup rocks Peseiro Eagles camp

Edwin  - CEO March 19, 2023
Updated 2023/03/20 at 7:06 PM
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‘Omo Alhaja’, Abdallah  called up to replace George, Shorunmu in Super Eagles Abuja Camp



Finidi George and Ike Shorunmu have been unceremoniously ousted as Super Eagles assistant trainers in manager José Peseiro’s backroom staff in a manner akin to a palace coup.
 While Abiodun ‘Omo Alhaja’ Baruwa will replace ousted former Nigeria goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu in manager José Peseiro’s staffing position, Usman Abdallah, his third Assistant Coach moves up one notch in the ranks to take up former international winger George’s place in the ongoing Super Eagles camp in Abuja.
Their ouster of the former assistants was allegedly orchestrated by their Portuguese boss who recommended to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that the the should be fired for lack of harmony in the Super Eagles workforce.
Shorunmu, 55, played 36 games for Nigeria from 1992 to 2002 and replaced Aloysius Agu as Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer when Paseiro became Nigeria’s newest Super Eagles manager.
While George who doubles as Enyimba FC manager can now fully rejoin his Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit with his ouster from the Super Eagles assistant trainer position, Shorunmu will remain jobless in the interim.
Sources close to the Super Eagles teams disclosed that the players are largely unfazed by the sudden shake up in the team’s coaching staff with their African Nations Cup qualifying game against the Djurtus of Guinea Bissau at home only days away.
“The players in camp in Abuja are not particularly bothered by this recent development in the camp,” our source confided.
“As you this is Nigeria, so anything is possible. These players are Nigerians too, so they appear to be used to the idea that anything can happen at anytime in the team.
“But from what I have seen and heard so far, the players are just focused on the task of playing Guinea Bissau and getting the results they want”.
Nigeria clashes with Guinea Bissau, Friday, March 24 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja and travels to the Stadio 24 de Setembro in Bissau on Monday, 27 March to meet the Djurtus in the reverse tie.

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