The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has appointed 61-year-old former FC Porto boss Jose Peseiro as the new head coach of the Super Eagles following the dismissal of Gernot Rohr. He has previously worked at Sporting Lisbon, Al-Ahly, Braga, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Real Madrid (assistant manager). The Portuguese will have to wait till after AFCON 2022 to take charge of the team as Augustine Eguavoen will lead the team at Africa’s premier tournament.
Peseiro was apparently recommended by Jose Mourinho whom the NFF reached out to for the job. He left Venezuela after only a year due to unpaid wages. He was sacked thrice in 2016 alone. Peseiro does bring a wealth of experience, but the question remains, why is another foreign manager in charge of the Nigerian national team?
The NFF released a communique saying, “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.”