The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Portuguese manager, José Peseiro, as the new head coach of the Super Eagles.
Paseiro takes over from Super Eagles legend, Augustine Eguavoen, who was relieved of his duties, alongside the technical crew, after failing to take Nigeria beyond the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Eguavoen and his side also bottled Nigeria’s chances of making the 2022 Qatar World Cup, losing to the Black Stars of Ghana on away goal rule.
The World Cup ticket miss was the camel that broke the back of Eguavoen and his technical crew who were booted by the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF, paving the way for 62-year-old Paseiro.
According to The PUNCH, Paserio’s appointment is with immediate effect and is subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and the former Sporting Lisbon coach.
The Portuguese will be assisted by former Nigeria international forward, Finidi George (1st Assistant), Salisu Yusuf as the 2nd Assistant as well as Head Coach of the CHAN and U23 National Teams.
Usman Abdallah was named 3rd Assistant while Eboboritse Uwejamomere will be the Match Analyst and another former Nigeria international, Ike Shorounmu will be the Goalkeepers’ Trainer.
He has also coached at FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Gumaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC and Real Madrid (assistant coach during the Galacticos era), as well as serving as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan National Teams.
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. 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.