NFF Officially Appoints Peseiro As Super Eagles’ Head Coach


The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday has announced the official appointment of Jose Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles.

This announcement was confirmed in a statement issued by the NFF’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire.

According to the statement, Peseiro’s appointment will take effect immediately and will be assisted by Ajax great Finidi George (first assistant), Salisu Yusuf (second assistant), Usman Abdallah (third assistant), and Ike Shorunmu (goalkeeper trainer).

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The 62-year-old Portuguese coach is expected to make his bow during the Super Eagles’ upcoming tour of the United States of America, during which they will take on Mexico and Ecuador in friendlies.

The statement reads in part, “The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday announced the appointment of Mr Jose Santos Peseiro as the new head coach of the senior men national team, Super Eagles,” it read.

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

“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.

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

Recall that Peseiro was initially announced as Gernot Rohr’s permanent replacement in December 2021, however, the NFF rescinded that decision after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, following the brilliant display of Austin Eguavoen-led Super Eagles at the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), tournament.

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Meanwhile, Eguavoen had resigned his role following his inability to qualify the country for the forthcoming 2022 Fifa World Cup billed for Qatar, where Nigeria lost on the away goal rule to Ghana in the final round of qualifiers.

Peseiro was born on April 4, 1960. He is a Portuguese football manager and former player who played as a forward.

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After an unassuming career as a player, he went on to coach several clubs in his country, including Sporting CP, which he took to the 2005 UEFA Cup Final and Porto. He also worked extensively in Arab nations, being in charge of the Saudi Arabian national team.

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