Peseiro quits as Super Eagles coach after 22 months

JOSE Peseiro on Thursday, March 1, announced his departure as the head coach of the Super Eagles after handling the team for 22 months.

The ICIR reports that his initial contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the coach of the Super Eagles was renewed in September 2023, five months to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.

The renewed contract, which came with the clause that he must lead the team to the Semi-finals of the last AFCON, ended on Thursday, February 29.

Despite fulfilling the clause and winning the Silver medal at the 2023 AFCON, there have been speculations of the coach moving to Algeria or other African countries needing his services.

But in his tweets posted today, March 1, shared via his ‘X’ @josepeseiro account, he announced his departure, describing his stints as the head coach as a sacrifice.

“Yesterday, we concluded our contract with the NFF. It was a pride and honour to coach the Super Eagles. It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfilment,” he wrote.



    He appreciated the former NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, the current president, Ibrahim Gusau, and other staff of the federation.

    “We would like to express our gratitude to Sir Amaju Pinnick (the president who signed us), President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, the NFF, all the staff, and especially all the players, with whom leading has been a great pleasure.

    “Guys, we are thankful; it has been a privilege to be part of this family. We will miss you, but we will always be there for you, no matter where you are. A big hug to all of you.🇳🇬,” he posted.

    Peseiro’s departure will leave the Super Eagles without a coach ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers matches and friendly against Argentina on March 26.


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