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NFF names Peseiro as new Super Eagles coach

THE Nigeria Football Federation has appointed a successor to Gernot Rohr, weeks after the German was sacked as Super Eagles head coach.

Former Venezuela coach Jose Peseiro was confirmed as the Super Eagles substantive head coach today.

The Nigeria Football Federation’s executive committee approved the appointment of the well-travelled Portuguese after their meeting this evening.

The communique of the meeting issued by the NFF communication department however noted that Peseiro will not lead the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, which kicks off on 9 January.

“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,” the communique stated.

“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.”

Peseiro, 61, has worked with over 15 clubs and two national teams in his 30-year-old coaching career.

He has coached the Saudi Arabia and Venezuela national teams, quitting the latter in September after being owed several months in wages.

He has been head coach of clubs across the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, leading clubs like Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Braga in his native Portugal, Rapid Bucharest in Romania, Panathinaikos in Greece, Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia and Al Ahly in Egypt.

He won the Egyptian Premier League with Al Ahly in 2016, the Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2013 and reached the UEFA Cup final with Sporting in 2005.

Apart from the appointment of Peseiro, the NFF executive committee also approved the financial statement of the body for the year 2021, as well as the proposed budget of N13,089,022,180.00 for 2022.

The executive committee also “mandated the Technical and Development Committee as well as the NFF Secretariat to organise a friendly match for the Super Eagles when the team arrives in Garoua for the AFCON 2021, and also to arrange matches for the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons in upcoming FIFA windows for international friendlies.”

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