Jose Peseiro: NFF appoints Portuguese tactician as new Super Eagles Head Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced the appointment of Portuguese tactician Jose Peseiro as the new Super Eagles head coach.

In a press statement on Wednesday evening, the NFF noted that Peseiro will be at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as an observer, while Augustine Eguavoen, will be in the dug-out as the Super Eagles manager, but revert to his technical director status when the tournament ends.

The statement reads in part:

“After careful consideration of a memo presented by Chairman of the Technical and Development Sub-Committee, the Executive Committee endorsed a proposal for the appointment of Mr Jose Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles, following the end to the relationship with Mr Gernot Rohr.”

“However, the Committee resolved that Mr Augustine Eguavoen, named the interim Head Coach, will lead the Super Eagles to the AFCON 2021 in Cameroon with Mr Peseiro only playing the role of Observer.

“It was unanimously agreed that the AFCON is a good avenue for Mr Peseiro to launch a working relationship with Mr Eguavoen, who will revert to his role as Technical Director (hence Mr Peseiro’s immediate boss) after the AFCON.”

The 61-years-old Portuguese boasts of a long-lasting coaching career that spans but club and country football. He was an assistant coach at Real Madrid in the 2003/2004 season, he led Sporting Lisbon to the final of the Europa League in 2005, he won the Portuguese cup with Sporting Braga in 2013 before coming to Africa to coach Al Ahly in 2015. There, he won the league title despite spending only one season (2015/2016).

At the national team level, he notably coached Saudi Arabia and most recently Venezuela whom he led to the 2021 Copa America group stage.

In August 2021, he resigned from his post as head coach after having not been paid for over a year amidst Venezuela’s economic crisis.

Peseiro replaces Gernot Rohr, the Franco-German, who was sacked on December 12.

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  1. Let’s hope for the best. Let’s just get started. We should help the new gaffer by extending all the support and cooperation @ our individual and collective level. Jose is welcome and we wish him all the best. We hope he will give his best.

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