Nigeria appoint new Super Eagles coach

Nigeria have appointed Jose Peseiro as coach of the men’s national football team, returning their attention to the Portuguese tactician after rescinding his original offer earlier this year.

A statement by Ademola Olajire, the NFF’s Director of Communications, said the 62-year-old’s appointment is “with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms”.

Peseiro, who played as a striker in Portuguese leagues in the 1980s, was originally approached in late 2021 for the job, and was due to take over from interim coach Augustine Eguavoen after the Africa Cup of Nations this January.

But the NFF opted to stick with Eguavoen after the AFCON, making his appointment permanent. But that was not a lasting solution, as the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, and the coaching role became vacant once again.

Peseiro is expected to take charge of the Super Eagles for their two friendlies later this month in the USA against Mexico and Ecuador.

Peseiro began his coaching career in 1991 as a player-coach with Union Santarem in the Portuguese fourth tier. His big break came in 2003 when he was named as an assistant to compatriot Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid. -ESPN

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