NPFL Chief Slams Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro, Label His Appointment a Mistake Ahead of AFCON

NPFL Chief Slams Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro, Label His Appointment a Mistake Ahead of AFCON

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The Africa Cup of Nations countdown continues to herald the footballing scenes
  • Coach Jose Peseiro is expected to lead Nigeria to glory in the Ivory Coast
  • A football stakeholder has slammed the Portuguese gaffer ahead of the tournament

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) countdown is on, and Ivory Coast is raring to host the rest of the continent.

Several countries are considered strong contenders to win and secure the title in the upcoming 34th edition of Africa's prized most prestigious football tournament.

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Jose Peseiro during the friendly match between Portugal and Nigeria at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Image: Carlos Rodrigues.
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While the Super Eagles of Nigeria are among the favourites to win AFCON, doubts linger among fans and stakeholders about the managerial capabilities of Jose Peseiro in leading the West African nation to glory.

Concerns stem from the team's recent performance, as they have secured victories in only two of their last five matches, including encounters with Lesotho and Zimbabwe, as reported by Sofascore.

Nonetheless, in the build-up to the tournament, a football stakeholder has aired his take on the former SC Braga gaffer’s ability, dubbing his appointment as coach of the three-time AFCON champions as a mistake.

NPFL stakeholder slams Peseiro

NPFL stakeholder and former Gombe United chairman Ahmed Gara-Gombe has strongly expressed his opinion that appointing Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro for the Super Eagles is one of the Nigerian Football Federation's (NFF) most significant errors. Holding no punches, the ex-NFF presidency aspirant, speaking with Channels TV, emphasized:

“In the first place, hiring Peseiro for the Super Eagles was one of the greatest mistakes we have ever made in the history of our football. Since he took over, what is the outcome?”
"Nigeria lacks a distinct pattern, a playing style, and we struggle to secure victories. Let us go and keep on trying with our cut-and-paste strategy, our wobble-and-fumble approach."

The words of Gara-Gombe are largely echoed through the Nigerian sports community as many remain sceptical about the Portuguese’s ability to lead Nigeria to the highly coveted AFCON showpiece in Ivory Coast.

Nigeria are set to kick off their AFCON campaign against Equatorial Guinea at the Stade Alassane Outtara.

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Super Eagles suffer injury blow

Sports Brief previously reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria have suffered an injury blow ahead of the AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast.

Peseiro’s side are currently struggling with the fitness of forward Kelechi Iheanacho, as well as the new injury suffered by Wilfred Ndidi.

The Super Eagles open their AFCON campaign against their Central African counterpart, Equatorial Guinea, and would miss the services of the influential duo.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).