The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) will most likely settle for Portuguese manager, Jose Peseiro as the next Super Eagles coach, owngoalnigeria.com reports.
Peseiro was announced as the team’s coach ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but after Nigeria pulled out of the tournament, the NFF vetoed the deal and allowed Austin Eguavoen to continue the work on an interim basis.
The team failed to deliver the World Cup ticket via the qualifiers and the coaching staff was subsequently sacked. The search for a new coach has started with the AFCON 2023 qualifiers set to begin in June.
One of the gray areas, which led to Peseiro’s hiring deal falling through, was his insistence on bringing in two assistants who were supposed to be a technical assistant and also a fitness trainer. The NFF was initially unwilling to accept it.
However, that area has been ironed out and he is the favorite to be appointed as the new manager as he has already started work before the previous deal fell apart. NFF President Amaju Pinnick is also keen on him.
The NFF, according to owngoalnigeria.com, sees Peseiro as someone who sticks to his budget unlike the other four names shortlisted for the job.