- Jose Peseiro has expressed delight at his appointment by the Nigeria Football Federation to become the Super Eagles coach
- The Portuguese tactician has taken charge of his first training with the team in the United States ahead of Mexico and Ecuador friendlies
- Peseiro says qualifying for AFCON 2023 is very important and winning the tournament is his first priority as coach of Nigeria
Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro has disclosed that his major priority for Nigeria is to qualify for and then win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Ivory Coast.
It was the Portuguese' first training in charge of the team since he was appointed to take over from Augustine Eguavoen who failed to qualify the team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Nigeria will take on Mexico and Ecuador in friendly matches slated for the United States and the Portuguese tactician has taken charge of the team, Complete Sports reports.
The 62-year-old expressed delight following his appointment by the Nigeria Football Federation and he particularly appreciated the team spirit of the boys in camp.
Peseiro told the Super Eagles media team:
“It’s a pleasure for me to start work with the national team. The training was good. We want to win the next AFCON and this is the first step towards achieving that.
“The boys were tired because of the long trip, but they showed great enthusiasm and motivation. They trained with happiness.
“This is the first step to reach the next AFCON. We want to win even though it is in 2023. It is important that we start to improve our spirit.”
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on the El Tri of Mexico in their first friendly at the AT&T Stadium, Arlington on Saturday, May 28.
And then on Thursday, June 2, they will face Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena, Harrison.
Having missed out on the World Cup, the Eagles are using both games to prepare for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau.
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