Could Peseiro make a sensational return to the Super Eagles?

Former Super Eagles manager, Jose Peseiro | Imago

Could Peseiro make a sensational return to the Super Eagles?

Faruq Ibrahim 16:49 - 04.03.2024

NFF reportedly plans to retain Jose Peseiro as Super Eagles head coach with enhanced contract offer.

In a bid to maintain stability within the Super Eagles coaching setup, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is reportedly poised to entice Jose Peseiro back to the helm with an improved contract offer.

Peseiro's Prospects with Super Eagles

Jose Peseiro, who previously steered the Super Eagles through 23 matches during his tenure, stands as a prime candidate for continuation in the role. His contract expired last month, culminating in a notable AFCON 2023 campaign that secured a commendable second-place finish in Ivory Coast. Peseiro's journey with the Nigerian squad appears far from over.

According to sources from the federation, discussions between Peseiro and the NFF are underway to solidify the terms of an enhanced contract. Finance emerges as a primary sticking point in negotiations, with both parties striving to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. 

While the NFF has reportedly extended an offer of $80,000, details regarding the final terms remain subject to ongoing talks.

Peseiro in the dugout for Nigeria at AFCON |Photo Credit: Imago
Peseiro in the dugout for Nigeria at AFCON |Photo Credit: Imago

Minister for Sports Advocates for Continuity

The Minister for Sports, John Enoh, has been a vocal proponent of retaining Peseiro's services, particularly for the duration of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. 

Enoh's close relationship with the 63-year-old tactician holds sway in influencing the decision-making process, as the NFF seeks to ensure stability and consistency within the coaching setup.

Minister of Sports, John Owan Enoh
Minister of Sports, John Owan Enoh

Meanwhile, Peseiro maintains a cautious approach, opting to assess all offers on the table before committing to a course of action. With multiple job opportunities vying for his attention, the Portuguese coach remains contemplative in his decision-making process.

While the official confirmation of the contract offer is pending from both the NFF and Peseiro's camp, stakeholders eagerly await updates regarding the future leadership of the Super Eagles.

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