Super Eagles of Nigeria Kick Off Preparations Ahead of Friendly Match With Costa Rica

Super Eagles of Nigeria Kick Off Preparations Ahead of Friendly Match With Costa Rica

Babajide Orevba
November 3, 2022 at 11:20 AM
  • The Super Eagles are billed to take on Costa Rica in an international friendly match on November 10
  • Although Jose Peseiro is yet to make public the list of invited players, a camp is already open in Ibadan
  • Assistant coach Salisu Yusuf was spotted having a session with about 15 home-based players

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will trade tackles with Costa Rica in an international friendly, scheduled for San Jose on November 10.

Coach of the Nigerian team, Jose Peseiro is yet to name his squad for the encounter, which is the first-ever international friendly between both countries.

It is believed the Eagles' camp opened in Ibadan on Monday with assistant coach Salisu Yusuf present, alongside 15 home-based players.

Super Eagles, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Friendly match
Super Eagles players prepare for their international friendly against Costa Rica. Photo: Punch.
Source: UGC

Salisu, who is also the head coach of the Olympic Eagles, has decided to retain some of the players that defeated Tanzania 2-0 in an Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifier at the weekend.

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Soccernet reports that the home-based stars selected for the friendly will join their foreign-based players before the game.

Although it is a mere friendly, the encounter will serve as a tune-up for the World Cup-bound Costa Rica.

Nigeria did not qualify for the Mundial, after falling at the last hurdle to eternal rivals Ghana.

NFF confirms owing Jose Peseiro

Meanwhile, an official from the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that the football body owes Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro.

Reports had filtered in that the Portuguese tactician is being owed about six months of his salary, having received only allowances and bonuses.

It is believed that Peseiro, employed in May 2022, has not received a single paycheck since he took up the job.

The current law by FIFA grants the manager grounds to terminate his contract without prejudice and also specifies he must be paid in full.

Oliseh hints at coaching Super Eagles again

Sports Brief earlier reported that former Nigeria international Sunday Oliseh has stated that he could still return as the coach of the Super Eagles, if his terms and conditions are met by the NFF chiefs.

NFF chiefs are the ones in charge of all football matters in Nigeria and have the responsibility of hiring coaches for all the national teams.

Oliseh was hired as the Super Eagles coach in 2015 by the former NFF president Amaju Pinnick, but his reign as the gaffer of the three-time African champions lasted less than a year.

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Babajide Orevba is a Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.