Finidi Makes LaLiga African All-time Eleven
Former Nigeria international Finidi George has been included in LaLiga’s African All-time Eleven list, Completesports.com reports.
The Africa LaLiga All-time best list which is a five minutes video of the selected players – past and present – was compiled by SuperSports and published on their verified Twitter handle.
Finidi’s inclusion in the list is due to his impressive performance for Real Betis whom he joined from Dutch giants Ajax in 1996.
During his time at Betis, Finidi netted in double digits in nearly every season, with the Andalusian club finishing fourth in his first year.
The club also reached the final of the Copa del Rey in Finidi’s debut season where they lost 3-2 after extra-time to Barcelona, where he scored.
Among other top African stars who were included in the continent’s LaLiga best eleven are Cameroon legends Samuel Eto’o and Jacque Songo’o, Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire and Mali’s Seydou Keita.
Others are South Africa’s Benni McCarthy, Frederic Kanoute of Mali, Cameroon’s Lauren Etame Meyer and Morocco’s Noureddine Naybet.
LaLiga African All-time Eleven:
Jacque Songo’o (Cameroon/Deportivo La Coruna)
Lauren Etame Meyer (Cameroon/Mallorca)
Noureddine Naybet (Morocco/Deportivo La Coruna)
Djene Dakonam (Togo/Getafe)
Alan Nyom (Cameroon/Getafe)
Finidi George (Nigeria/Real Betis)
Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire/Barcelona)
Seydou Keita (Mali/Barcelona)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon/Barcelona)
Benni McCarthy (South Africa/Celta Vigo)
Frederic Kanoute (Mali/Sevilla)
What they say about Finidi George
Liverpool Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel has picked former Super Eagles star winger
Finidi George as the best Nigerian Player he has ever seen, Completesports.com reports.
George made his Super Eagles debut in 1991 had 62 caps and scored six goals before retiring in 2002.
He represented Nigeria at four Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal 1992, Tunisia 1994 (Nigeria emerged champions) Ghana/Nigeria 2000 and Mali 2002.
He was part of the Super Eagles squad to the USA 1994 and France 1998 World Cups.
He scored the Eagles’ first goal, a delightful chip over the keeper, in their 2-0 last group game win against Greece at the 1994 World Cup.
At club level he played for Calabar Rivers, Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland) Sharks, Ajax, Real Betis, Mallorca and Ipswich Town.
And at Ajax he won the UEFA Champions League (1995), Dutch league, UEFA Super Cup and the now defunct Intercontinental Cup.
After leaving Ajax in 1996 he was close to signing for Real Madrid but the deal fell through and eventually settled for Betis.