NFF appoints José Peseiro as Head Coach of Super Eagles

NFF appoints José Peseiro as Head Coach of Super Eagles

  • Jose Peseiro has officially been appointed Super Eagles head coach after the team failed to qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup
  • Finidi George will the first assistant to Jose Peseiro while Salisu Yusuf will be his second assistant
  • Peseiro will lead the Super Eagles against Mexico and Ecuador on May 28 and June 2 in USA in grade A friendlies

The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday, May 15, announced the appointment of Mr Joeé Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles.

The appointment comes with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Mr Peseiro.

NFF appoints José Peseiro as Head Coach of Super Eagles
NFF appoints José Peseiro as Head Coach of Super Eagles. n, Portugal. Photo by Carlos Rodrigues
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Peseiro’s football career

Peseiro played as a striker in his days and has wide and varied experience coaching top Clubs and National Teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

The 62-year-old Portuguese is an educationist with a degree in physical education/sports sciences. Peseiro has top-level coaching qualifications/training and has coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Gumaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC and Real Madrid (assistant coach during the Galacticos era), as well as serving as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan National Teams.

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Peseiro’s first assignment

Peseiro is expected to lead out the Super Eagles for the first time during the upcoming tour of the United States of America, during which the three-time African champions will slug it out with Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ Teams in prestige friendlies.

The Super Eagles will tango with the El Tri at the AT & T Stadium in Dallas, State of Texas on Saturday, May 28, before flying to New Jersey to confront Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, June 2nd.

The NFF also announced that former Nigeria international forward, Finidi George will now be 1st Assistant to Peseiro, with Salisu Yusuf now to be 2nd Assistant as well as Head Coach of the CHAN and U23 National Teams. Usman Abdallah is 3rd Assistant while Eboboritse Uwejamomere will be the Match Analyst and another former Nigeria international, Ike Shorounmu will be the Goalkeepers’ Trainer.

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It was gathered that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was contacted by NFF president Amaju Pinnick who reached out to the Portuguese to help search for a formidable coach.

According to the report, Peseiro came highly recommended by Mourinho.

Peseiro sheds light on why he did not get the Super Eagles job earlier than expected

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Jose Peseiro claimed that talks with the Nigerian Football Federation to become Super Eagles coach broke down because of financial disagreement.

Following the sacking of Gernot Rohr days before the start of the 2021 African Cup of Nations, the Nigerian Football Federation announced that Jose Peseiro would take over after the 2021 AFCON.

The NFF chiefs also appointed former international Augustine Eguavoen as interim manager and he led the Super Eagles to the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Coach Eguavoen and his wards won their first three games at the 2021 African Cup of Nations before losing against Tunisia 1-0 in the round of 16.

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The Nigerian Football Federation then decided to retain coach Eguavoen and asked Jose Peseiro to look elsewhere for his coaching job.

And according to the reports, Jose Peseiro explained that he had a financial disagreement with the Nigerian Football Federation chiefs, hence why he did not get the job earlier.