The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is expected to end its association with Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro once his current contract expires.
Peseiro, a Portuguese coach, took over as the head coach of the Super Eagles in May 2022, replacing interim manager Austin Eguaveon, who returned to his position as the NFF Technical Director.
According to a report from The PUNCH, Peseiro will not have his contract renewed when it comes to an end in a few weeks. Initially, his contract was contingent on the Super Eagles’ performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament. However, due to the rescheduling of the AFCON, sources within the NFF are now leaning towards parting ways with Peseiro once his current contract concludes.
Peseiro’s performance over the past year will be a crucial factor in the decision. Under his guidance, the Super Eagles have managed to secure only three victories out of eight games, resulting in a decline in their FIFA ranking, with five losses contributing to their slip from 30th to 40th place in the world as of the April 2023 ranking.
A source within the Nigeria Football Federation has stated that Peseiro’s monthly salary is deemed excessive considering the team’s results, making a coaching change preferable. Instead, the NFF is considering appointing a coaching staff led by a native coach to take charge of the Super Eagles. Current assistants Finidi George and Salisu Yusuf are seen as potential replacements, while Emmanuel Amuneke, Sunday Oliseh, and Austin Eguaveon have also been mentioned as possible candidates.
However, with the Super Eagles still in the process of qualifying for the 2023 AFCON, the NFF may opt to retain Peseiro. In this scenario, a significant reduction in his wages would be likely, although this may not be agreeable to the former Porto FC manager.
The Super Eagles’ upcoming matches include facing Sierra Leone (Away) and Sao Tome and Principe in the 2023 AFCON qualifying games.