Pained by Poor Run, Finidi George Vows to Rescue Rivers United, Bring Fans Back to Stadium

Pained by Poor Run, Finidi George Vows to Rescue Rivers United, Bring Fans Back to Stadium

It’s no longer news that Finidi George, a revered son of Port Harcourt, has returned to his roots to take the helm as head coach of Rivers United.

Pained by Poor Run, Finidi George Vows to Rescue Rivers United, Bring Fans Back to Stadium

With his homecoming, the former Super Eagles coach has expressed a deep-seated determination to turn the team’s fortunes around, following a dismal performance last season, Footballrover reports.

Speaking at his press briefing after signing a 2-year deal with the top NPFL side, Finidi George revealed that his desire to give back to his home state motivated him to take on the challenging role.

His emotional connection to the city and club was evident as he reflected on his decision to return.

Seeing the results of last season inspired me to come back here, and as a Port Harcourt boy, I came back here to see how I could impact a little bit,” Finidi said.

Having previously worked in Abia State with a successful stint leading Enyimba to the 2022/23 title, George saw this as an opportunity to give back to his hometown.

I’ve been working in Abia State for some time, and I think this is an opportunity for me to give back. That’s why I decided to take this challenge to come back to Rivers State,” he explained.

When asked about his plans to reignite the passion of fans and restore the team to continental competitions, George acknowledged the difficulties ahead but remained optimistic, emphasising the need for patience and time.

It’s never easy, but in my first season, let the team play good football and win games. That’s how we’ll get the fans back in the stands,” George admits.

George highlighted the ongoing changes within the club and his plans to introduce new players. He acknowledged the need for time to gel as a team.

There are a lot of changes that the club is making at the moment. I’m new, and I think I need some new players as well…Definitely, we all need time. We want to try and do well this first season, but we know how difficult it is.”

Finidi George’s return to the NPFL with Rivers United follows a brief stint with the Super Eagles, which ended after a 1-1 draw at home with South Africa and a 2-1 loss away against Benin in crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers last month.

Now, the 53-year-old coach is back, bringing his experience and passion to steer Rivers United back to top reckoning.

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Will George be the messiah the fans yearn for? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: the fire of hope has been rekindled in PH City.

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