Nigeria Football Chief Explains Reason for NFF’s Delay in Naming Next Super Eagles Coach: Report

Nigeria Football Chief Explains Reason for NFF’s Delay in Naming Next Super Eagles Coach: Report

Ero Samson
updated at April 15, 2024 at 3:53 PM
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  • The Super Eagles of Nigeria are still without a coach since the departure of Jose Peseiro
  • The Portuguese manager departed his role as manager at the end of his contract in February
  • A Nigerian football stakeholder has detailed why the NFF are yet to name a Super Eagles coach

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The coaching situation at Nigeria's national football team, the Super Eagles, remains a prominent and widely discussed topic within the country's footballing community.

Since the departure of former manager, Jose Peseiro, after the expiration of his contract, the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists have been without a permanent coach.

Despite the imminent 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has yet to announce a successor, causing concern among fans and stakeholders.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been without a manager since the departure of Jose Peseiro. Image: Visionhaus.
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While the NFF continues to ponder the appointment of the next Super Eagles coach, a Nigerian football stakeholder has detailed the reason for the slow recruitment process regarding naming Peseiro's successor.

Nigeria football chief speaks on Super Eagles vacancy

In an interview reported by Score Nigeria, a prominent Nigerian football official - who opted to speak anonymously - explained the NFF are yet to appoint a new coach for the Super Eagles due to a desire for a collective decision.

"The NFF president could unilaterally decide on the next coach of the Super Eagles, but he prefers a decision that involves as many stakeholders as possible," said the official.
"Since the coaching position was declared vacant, there have been daily discussions and consultations on who should fill the role. It is a meticulous process, hence the delay."

A multitude of names continue to be associated with the Super Eagles vacancy, and ongoing reports suggest that the Nigerian team could be on the verge of hiring another foreign manager, despite calls for a local coach such as interim boss, Finidi George.

Guardiola’s assistant favourite for Super Eagles role

Sports Brief also previously reported that Pep Guardiola's longest-serving assistant, Domenec Torrent, is the perceived Super Eagles frontrunner as the race for a new Nigeria national coach continues.

The 61-year-old, who managed Galatasaray in Turkey most recently, is said to have been selected by Nigeria's football federation over Antonio Conceicao and all other candidates competing for the coaching job.

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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).
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