The NFF’s Merry-Go-Round appears to have found a final spot in the Portuguese coach, albeit for the second time
Jose Peseiro was tipped to take charge of the Super Eagles after the 2021 African Cup of Nations and appeared to have bagged the job but the NFF in a largely-supported turnaround settled for Austin Eguavoen to continue with the team.
While Eguavoen’s failures have now become a slap in the face of many Nigerians who asked for a longer contract for him, the NFF has been forced to go back to the man they’d initially wanted for the job, Peseiro.
The Portuguese former Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto and Al Ahly manager doesn’t have an excellent coaching career but the NFF has stuck with him regardless, if reports making the rounds are anything to consider.
After a rich list of probables including Laurent Blanc, Ernesto Valverde and Toni Conceicao emerged last week, the NFF is believed to have found Peseiro as an easier and more affordable option.
The former Venezuela manager will come with four assistants and they will be paid from his salary. Earlier reports which are yet to be substantiated also suggest he will live in Nigeria during his stay as coach.
Recall that the NFF has appointed Salisu Yusuf, Finidi George and Usman Abdallah as assistant coaches while Ike Shorunmu was recalled as the goalkeepers’ trainer.
In addition with Peseiro’s four assistants, the Portuguese may be working with more than eight assistants when he takes on the job.
The NFF is expected to make an announcement in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Peseiro will work with Eguavoen as the former Super Eagles coach is still the Technical Director at the NFF after the latest decision to allow him complete his 2-year contract.