Newly-appointed Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro, has been handed a one-year short term contract, as he begins his reign as the Head Coach of Nigeria’s Senior Men’s National team.
The 61-year-old Portuguese Coach was only handed a 12-month deal, which is subject to renewal based on performance-related clauses.
With the NFF facing a legal battle over a compensation fee to erstwhile Coach of the team, Gernot Rohr, who was unceremoniously dismissed last December, it appears the Federation are weary of being confronted with a similar situation when Peseiro begins his duty at the dugout.
Despite having a poor Curriculum Vitae with no knowledge of African football, Peseiro will earn seventy thousand dollars ($70, 000.00) as monthly salary for an initial 12-month contract.
Peseiro is saddled with rebuilding the Nigeria team to a formidable one and his first outing will be leading the Super Eagles for the upcoming tour of the United States of America, where they will face Mexico and Ecuador in international friendly games. He will be assisted by Ex-Eagles winger Finidi George, Salisu Yusuf and Usman Abdallah.
Though well-travelled and with vast experience, Peseiro has more sack letters than trophies but it would be out of place to just conclude he will not succeed with the three-time African champions, Nigeria.
From Panathinaikos to FC Porto to Braga and even Saudi Arabia, there has hardly ever been any happy ending wherever he found himself.
That said, the Portuguese tactician has some notable moments winning silverware, with the last being the league title with Al-Ahly.
The former Venezuela and Saudi Arabia national team coach comes in as the substantive replacement for Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr, whose contract was terminated by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, after five and half years of handling the three-time African champions.
The NFF Technical Director, Austine Eguavoen, last handled the Super Eagles as Interim Technical Adviser. He led the team to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroun where the team failed to go beyond the Second Round. With Emmanuel Amuneke as his assistant, he led the Eagles through the 2022 World Cup African qualifiers playoffs, and failed to go past the Black Stars of Ghana.