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Just In: NFF Finally Confirms Appointment Of Jose Peseiro As Super Eagles Head Coach

An NFF statement said the appointment is “with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms” between the football body and the Portuguese.

The statement added;

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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, the 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.

The educationist with a degree in physical education/sports sciences will be assisted by former international, George Finidi.

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Salisu Yusuf will now serve as the 2nd Assistant as well as head coach of the national football team and U-23 national teams.

NFF stated;

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Usman Abdallah is 3rd Assistant while Eboboritse Uwejamomere will be the match analyst and another former Nigeria international, Ike Shorounmu will be the goalkeepers’ trainer.

Peseiro, 62, featured as a striker during his playing days and has a wide range of experience coaching several clubs and national teams across Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

He has coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Guimaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC, and Real Madrid (assistant coach during the Galacticos era).

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Aside from these, he worked as head coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan national teams.

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Recall that before today’s confirmation, NFF had appointed Peseiro as the head coach of the three-time African champions following Gernot Rohr’s dismissal in December.

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Read Also: Just In: NFF Sacks Rohr, Appoints Eguavoen As Interim Super Eagles Coach

Austin Eguavoen was then handed an interim coach role to take Nigeria to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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Peseiro was then expected to be an observer during the competition after which he would take over and lead the country to the ill-fated World Cup play-off with Ghana.

However, NFF backtracked on the move after the AFCON, citing the “positive performance” of the team at the competition where Nigeria crashed out in the round of 16 against Tunisia.

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It stated;

We believe that perhaps in the future, there could be an opportunity to work with him,” the NFF said while announcing the reconstitution of the Super Eagles coaching crew in February.

In the wake of the decision, Peseiro refuted claims that he was confirmed as the Nigerian head coach.

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The former Porto FC boss wrote on his Instagram handle that it was a “fact that I never confirmed and these (negotiations) did not materialize due to disagreement regarding contractual clauses and financial matters.”

Read Also: Eguavoen To Step Down As Super Eagles’ Coach After AFCON 2021 Exit

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Days after the Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to pick one of Africa’s tickets to the 2022 World Cup, Eguavoen, however, quit his post.

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