By Mitchelle Uzorka
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday May 15,2022, announced Jose Peseiro as the senior national team head coach, Six months after his initial appointment of Super Eagles’ manager in place of the sacked Gernot Rohr.
Recall that Peseiro was first announced as Super Eagles head coach in December 2021, but the decision was reversed following the sports ministry intervention. The ministry reportedly did not agree with the NFF decision, as it did not follow standard recruitment procedures.
Following proper recruitment procedures the Federation announced the appointment yesterday, saying it is “with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Mr. Peseiro.
José Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, is a 62-year-old Portuguese, who has played as a striker and has experience in coaching clubs and national teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
He has a degree in physical education/sports sciences, Peseiro has top-level coaching qualifications/training and has coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Gumaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC and Real Madrid (assistant coach during the Galacticos era), as well as serving as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan national teams.
His first assignment as head coach will be to lead out the Super Eagles in the upcoming tour of the United States of America, during which the three-time African champions will slug it out with Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ teams in prestige friendlies. The Eagles will tango with the El Tri at the AT & T Stadium in Dallas, the State of Texas on Saturday, May 28, before flying to New Jersey to confront Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, June 2.