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At last, Jose Peseiro was on Sunday named the new head coach of the Super Eagles, months after an initial deal fell through.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed the appointment of the Portuguese tactician in a statement it released on Sunday.
Peseiro is expected to take up his role in the team “with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms”.
Finidi George has been promoted to the role of first assistant coach, replacing Salisu Yusuf, who becomes the team’s second assistant coach.
Read the statement: “The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday announced the appointment of Mr. José Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles. The appointment is with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Mr. Peseiro.
“José Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, 62 last month, 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 to be 2nd Assistant and 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”.
Peseiro was first announced as the permanent replacement for Gernot Rhor in December 2021, when he was expected to take over the team after the African Nations Cup in Cameroon.
But the NFF made a U-turn on the decision and appointed Austin Eguavoen instead.
However, failure to qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup forced the resignation of Eguavoen and the revamping of the entire technical crew in March 2022.
The NFF and Sunday Dare, minister for sports and youth development, were at loggerheads over the appointment of the Portuguese.