NFF Appoints Peseiro over Ernesto Valverde for Super Eagles Coach

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Jose Peseiro, a Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Teacher has been hired as Nigeria’s Men National Team Head Coach.

Peseiro, 62, was last employed by the Venezuela FA for the Senior Men’s team before his dismissal in 2021.
While the Portuguese has a stacked portfolio with National teams and Club sides across Europe and Asia, the new Super Eagles Coach has is new on the scene of African national teams.
With an active career – as a player and coach – spanning more than four decades, Jose Peseiro has work with traditional teams including and most notably, Sporting CP, Porto and was assistant at Real Madrid.

 

In an NFF statement issued, Sunday, the official papers have not been signed, but, the “appointment is with immediate effect”.
Jose Peseiro was initially presented as replacement for the sacked former German handler of the team, Gernot Rohr in January, however, interference from the Ministry of Sports truncated the process.

 

The latest news comes after several weeks of dialogue between the Ministry and NFF, despite reports that bigger names would be interviewed for the job.
The likes of Ernesto Valverde, Laurent Blanc and Philip Cocu were mentioned among candidates who showed serious interests in the Super Eagles before the NFF leadership settled for the former Saudi Arabia Coach.

 

He is expected to resume work immediately at the end of the month in the Friendly match between Nigeria and Mexico.
Peseiro will also take charge of the friendly against Ecuador in June as preparation for the team ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Mauritius.
Interestingly, the FA’s statement did not disclose the duration for, but FL gathered the Portuguese will be offered a two-year deal.
In addition, Jose Peseiro will be assisted by Finidi George and Salisu Yusuf, who are his first and second Assistant Coaches respectively.

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