Coach Jose Peseiro has revealed why talks to become the next Manager of Nigeria collapsed despite being contacted to succeed Gernot Rohr.
After Rohr’s sack, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that the Portuguese will take charge of the Super Eagles after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, the possibility of Peseiro taking charge of West Africans came to an end on Monday as the NFF retained Augustine Eguavoen was Interim Coach.
“The Nigeria Football Federation on Monday announced the reconstitution of the technical crew of the senior men national team, Super Eagles, with Augustine Eguavoen staying as interim technical adviser while former Nigeria World Cup star and former U20 coach, Emmanuel Amuneke is drafted in as immediate assistant to Eguavoen,” a statement from the country’s football ruling body read.
Peseiro revealed that talks to handle the three-time African champions collapsed due to financial questions and clauses in the proposed contract.
“After several weeks of negotiations, during which there was news from the Nigerian Football Federation, that I would be the coach of their team, from the end of Afcon 2021, a fact that I never confirmed, and these did not materialize due to disagreement regarding contrarian clauses and financial matters,” the 61-year-old wrote on Instagram.
Peseiro previously worked at Panathinaikos, Real Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Al Ahly, Braga and most recently as the Venezuela national team coach – a position he left in August 2021 over unpaid salary.
For the NFF, the decision to retain Eguavoen was because of the Super Eagles’ “positive performance” in Cameroon despite their failure to get past the Round of 16.
Nigeria are aspiring to qualify for the global showpiece for the seventh time, but they must negotiate their way past eternal rivals Ghana in a two-legged qualifier.