Peseiro Shuts Down Suggestions of Squad Overhaul for Sao Tome and Principe Fixture


Despite already securing their qualification for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, and with a game to spare, Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro has stated that he will not make changes to the team roster for the final qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe in September.

By keeping the roster intact, Peseiro aims to foster team cohesion and further develop the players’ understanding of his tactics and playing style.


There are suggestions that the gaffer should consider calling up home-based players for the final AFCON qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe.

After the team’s 3-2 victory over Sierra Leone on Sunday in Liberia, Peseiro said in his post-game interview that adding new players to the roster would hinder the team’s development.

“We have one national team and there is time that we can work to improve the team, if I change the team all the time, I will never be able to improve our organisation,” Peseiro said.

“One team has one year to build and we only have the players around for a few days. I can refresh the team but, at this moment, I must not only choose players for the match but for the future.

“Against Sao Tome, of course, we have to create more dynamics and organisation.

“If I change, how can I improve the team for AFCON? However, the door of the Super Eagles is open for everybody,” he added.


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