Finidi, Amuneke Lead Top 5 Coaches Running for the Super Eagles Coaching Job

Finidi, Amuneke Lead Top 5 Coaches Running for the Super Eagles Coaching Job

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 2, 2024 at 5:20 AM
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  • Jose Peseiro has confirmed his exit as coach of the Super Eagles
  • Peseiro guided Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2023 AFCON
  • The Nigeria Football Federation has begun the search for a new permanent coach

The Nigeria Football Federation will be tasked with choosing a successor to Portuguese manager, Jose Peseiro, after confirming his exit as Super Eagles coach on Friday, March 1.

The 63-year-old tactician spent 22 years in charge of the Nigeria national team after taking over in June 2022 following the Super Eagles' failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

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Jose Peseiro's contract as Super Eagles coach expired on February 29 after 22 months in charge of the Nigerian senior national team. Photo by DeFodi Images.
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According to the Daily Post, Peseiro led Nigeria to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations where they lost 2-1 to hosts Ivory Coast which marked the end of his contract with the team.

The Portuguese was reportedly in talks with the NFF over a possible contract renewal after the expiration of his contract in February, but both parties have now decided to part ways.

Here, Sports Brief outlines the list of possible candidates that can replace Peseiro as the permanent manager of the Super Eagles after the confirmation of his exit.

Top 5 candidates for Super Eagles job

  1. Emmanuel Amuneke
  2. Finidi George
  3. Tom Saintfiet
  4. Samson Siasia
  5. Augustine Eguavoen

Super Eagles appoint temporary manager

Meanwhile, the NFF has appointed Augustine Eguavoen has the interim Super Eagles coach following the exit of Peseiro who confirmed his departure from the national team on Friday, Soccernet reports.

Eguavoen, who acts as the Super Eagles Technical Director, will take charge of the team for Nigeria’s upcoming international friendly games in March.

The former Super Eagles right wing-back was in charge of the Nigerian team at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon following the exit of the former coach, Gernot Rohr.

Peseiro bids farewell to Super Eagles

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Portuguese tactician, Peseiro, has confirmed his exit as Super Eagles coach after his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation ended.

After 22 months of coaching the Super Eagles, the 63-year-old manager has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

This comes less than a month after guiding Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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