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I’ve loved Super Eagles since 1994 World Cup — Peseiro

SUPER Eagles new head coach Jose Peseiro has claimed that he has been a fan of the team for close to 30 years.

Paseiro met with sports minister Sunday Dare today in Abuja and admitted that he has been following Nigeria’s progress since 1994, when the Super Eagles made their first World Cup appearance.

On the eve of his first competitive game in charge of the Super Eagles in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Abuja, Peseiro thanked the government and people of Nigeria for the opportunity to coach the country’s senior national team.

He also reiterated his commitment to leading the Super Eagles to AFCON triumph in Cote d’Ivoire next year.

“I have always loved the Nigeria team, ever since I watched them play at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States,” the 62-year-old Portuguese said.

“It is a team with solid pedigree. Presently, we have both quality and quantity of players and it is always a good situation for any team.”

Dare then advised Peseiro to give every player an opportunity, regardless of their base, emphasizing the need to blend Nigeria Professional Football League players and the ones playing in European clubs.

At a brief ceremony in Abuja today, where the NFF formally presented Peseiro to the Government of Nigeria through the sports ministry, Dare told the Peseiro that Nigerians want victory at all times.

“Whenever the team does not win, it must be clearly seen to have demonstrated high-level commitment, fervour, consistency and discipline on and off the pitch,” Dare said.

“In order to be able to appreciate the deep love of our people for the game and why they want their team to win all the time, you have to live in our country, enjoy our food, our weather, our hospitality.

“I want to let you know that the process that produced you was governed by diligence, commitment and spirit of team work, and indeed very thorough. I believe that you will use this opportunity to make a mark by leading the Super Eagles to new heights.”

The minister then told Peseiro to ensure victory for the Super Eagles against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja tomorrow.

The Super Eagles are looking for their first victory in six matches after Peseiro led them to defeat in his first two games in charge, against Mexico and Ecuador in the United States of America last week.

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