Ex-international Finidi George has lambasted players who accepted to pay coaches to play in the national team, saying such corrupt practice could be stamped out of the game if players expose managers who demand bribe immediately.
He said the malaise had become endemic in Nigeriann football and the players who gave the broibe is as guilty as the coach who demanded for it. He reasoned that football could be in danger if such practice continues, urging the players not to accept such conditions to play for their fatherland.
The former Real Betis winger said players should learn to speak up without any fear whenever anyone requests for a bribe to play for the national team. Finidi, who won the 1995 UEFA Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam believes that some of the players bringing up the allegations are a part of the problem.
“For a player to say, I gave money for coaches to play me, they also are part of the problem, in the first place why should they bribe somebody to come to the national team?” he told Brila FM. “These players should have opened up ever since they claimed it happened, coming out after eight years or thereabout to say they wre asked to pay before given the chance to play for the Super Eagles is absurd. “Why didn’t you speak up since? They should have come out openly to say a coach asked them to pay; what were they scared of ?”