The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed Jose Peseiro as the Super Eagles head coach, the country’s governing body announced on Sunday.
The announcement comes more than four months he was overlooked for the post and now less than two weeks to the team’s double international friendlies in the United States against Mexico and Ecuador.
In Feburary, the football organisation had retained Augustine Eguavoen after they made a u-turn on decision to initially sign Jose Peseiro who was earlier expected to take charge of the team before March’s World Cup qualifier after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, where Nigeria failed to go past the Round of 16.
Since Eguavoen dismissal following Nigeria’s botched World Cup qualification bid, the Federation, in the statement, has finally confirmed Peseiro’s appointment with immediate effect, although still subject to the signing of agreed terms between the new handler and the football leadership.
Peseiro, who turned 62 in April, is a Portuguese who played as a striker in his days and enjoyed varied experience coaching top clubs and national teams in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
He holds a degree in physical education/sports sciences and top-level coaching qualifications/training.
On his resume, he has previously handled Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Gumaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC and Real Madrid (assistant coach), and worked as head coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan national teams.
With his appointment, Peseiro will begin his reign in charge of the Super Eagles for the first time against Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ Teams in international friendlies in the United States of America.
He will be assisted by former Nigeria international forward, Finidi George and Salisu Yusuf as his first and second assistants respectively while Usman Abdallah his third assistant, Eboboritse Uwejamomere as the match analyst and another former international, Ike Shorounmu the goalkeepers’ trainer.
The three-time African champions will battle 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.