Jose Peseiro’s Replacement: Former Cameroon Coach Applies to Takeover Super Eagles Job, Report

Jose Peseiro’s Replacement: Former Cameroon Coach Applies to Takeover Super Eagles Job, Report

Ero Samson
updated at March 9, 2024 at 12:11 PM
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  • The quest to find an ideal replacement for the Super Eagles coaching role is in full swing
  • Jose Peseiro announced his departure after failing to reach an agreement with the NFF
  • An ex-Cameroon coach has shown interest in taking over as Super Eagles coach, per a report

The quest to find the perfect successor for the coaching position of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, was officially thrown open, when the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officially unveiled a vacancy through social media.

This unexpected move by the NFF follows failed negotiations with former coach, Jose Peseiro.

Reports had previously heralded the scenes stating that the Portuguese tactician declined the initial $50,000 contract offer from the Football Federation, holding out for a salary closer to $120,000. Despite the NFF's effort to meet midway by offering $80,000, Peseiro was unimpressed and subsequently announced his departure.

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Jose Peseiro gestures during the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final match between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Image: Visionhaus.
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In the wake of this announcement by the NFF, applications from elite managers globally have flooded in, and one of the submissions that have caught attention is that of former Cameroon head coach, Antonio Conceicao.

Conceicao applies for Super Eagles' role

As per a report from media outlet OwnGoalNigeria, the 62-year-old coach has officially thrown his hat into the ring, expressing his desire to lead Nigeria's Super Eagles.

The Portuguese boasts an impressive coaching career, having managed various clubs across Europe, including CFR Cluj in Romania and Penafiel in Portugal.

However, his crowning achievement came when he guided Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions to a bronze medal victory at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The report also highlights that Conceicao has been in constant communication with Peseiro regarding his application, even during the course of the recently concluded AFCON in Ivory Coast.

It should be noted that this isn't Conceicao's first attempt at securing the position of Nigeria's national team coach, as the former CFR Cluj coach previously applied for the role in May 2023.

Sylvanus Okpala speaks on replacing Peseiro

Sports Brief in a previous report stated that former Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder, Sylvanus Okpala, has declared himself as a perfect replacement for Peseiro.

The 62-year-old stressed that he has achieved previous success with the Nigerian team and deserves to be rewarded with another stint as Super Eagles coach.

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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).