According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), no contract has been signed with Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro to become the substantive coach of Nigeria’s senior national team.

Peseiro was named the next coach of the Nigerian team, with the understanding that he would take over after the Africa Cup of Nations, where he would also be on the ground to oversee the players.

His employment starts right after the tournament, but new rumours suggest that the NFF may seek to back out of the deal and stick with interim coach Austine Eguavoen.

Based on the few games the club plays each year, the performance has prompted the idea of retaining him in the role permanently, with the possibility of him also keeping his job as technical director..

“He (Peseiro) is not in Cameroon because we have not signed a contract with him yet,” the official, a member of the NFF executive council who does not want to be named, told ESPN.

“If he had signed a contract, he would have definitely been in Cameroon as planned.”

Nigeria has won all three of their games so far at the Africa Cup of Nations, with Eguavoen leading the squad with a style of football that many consider to be one of the best in recent memory.

“What we all agree on is that we want the team to do well, to play good football, to make Nigerians happy and to win trophies.

“It doesn’t matter who the coach is, what matters is the objective. If that objective can be achieved with Eguavoen as we can see now, then why not?

“We removed Rohr because Nigerians were not happy with the play and we were not blind to it that we were not going in the right direction the way we were playing.”

“What we are even thinking of right now is to give Eguavoen the two jobs.The national team plays about 10 matches a year, so during those times when they are not playing, he can carry on with his other responsibilities,” the official said.