Finally, after weeks of intrigues, the Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday have announced the appointment of serial Portuguese failure, Mr José Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles.
NFF in a statement noted that Mr Peseiro’s appointment is with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between him and the NFF.
NFF however did not disclose the duration of Mr Peseiro’s appointment but confirmed that the Portuguese will take charge if Super Eagles starting from the Mexico and Ecuador friendly matches later in the month.
José Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, 62, is a Portuguese who played as a striker in his days and has wide and varied experience coaching top Clubs and National Teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
An educationist with a degree in physical education/sports sciences, Peseiro has top-level coaching qualifications/training, and has coached at 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 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.
The NFF also announced that former Nigeria international forward, Finidi George will now be 1st Assistant to Peseiro, with Salisu Yusuf now to be 2nd Assistant as well as Head Coach of the CHAN and U23 National Teams. 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.
Mr Peseiro’s succeeds Augustine Eguavoen who held the position on interim but was sacked after he failed to qualify the team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.