Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Reveals Why He Did Not Invite Orban, Boniface for Sierra Leone Tie

Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Reveals Why He Did Not Invite Orban, Boniface for Sierra Leone Tie

Ibitoye Shittu
June 13, 2023 at 9:41 AM
  • Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Sierra Leone on Sunday, June 18
  • Gift Orban and Victor Boniface were both snubbed by Jose Peseiro for this game
  • The Portuguese has now spoken about the reason he did not invite Gift Orban and Boniface

Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro has explained that Gift Orban and Victor Boniface are still part of his plans even though he did not invite them for Nigeria's coming clash against Sierra Leone in AFCON qualifiers.

At the recently concluded season in Belgium, Orban and Boniface were impressive for other clubs and many football fans were expecting to see their names on the list for the battle against Sierra Leone.

Despite joining Gent in January 2023, Gift Orban scored 15 goals and created two assists.

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Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro. Photo: Emma Osodi
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Victor Boniface on the other hand netted seven goals for Union SG and also created seven assists which was incredible.

According to the reports on Complete Sports and Daily Post, Jose Peseiro explained that he had to pick players he knows very well for the coming game against Sierra Leone.

Peseiro speaks about Orban, Boniface

“I believe in Orban and Boniface, I spent my own money to visit them and if I should call them it means I will have to take some of the ones currently in camp out.
“I called 19 foreign players and if I had the chance to call more of course Orban and Boniface will be called but I understand the situation at the NFF and I need to help so I called 19. And for a decisive match it’s better I call the players I know better.
“So for Orban, Boniface, and others they still have time I understand that despite playing well they didn’t get an invitation but remember the likes of Osimhen, and Awoniyi all did well last season.''

Jose Peseiro finally gives an answer

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Peseiro refused to give affirmative comment on his future with the three-time African champions ahead of the battle against Sierra Leone.

It has been a year since the Portuguese was appointed as the coach of the Super Eagles. He replaced Austin Eguavoen, who failed to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Peseiro was hired under the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigerian Football Federation board and he was reported to have signed a one-year deal.

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