Use local coach - Nigerians urge NFF to sack Peseiro after Super Eagles draw with Zimbabwe

Nigerian fans want an indigenous coach to take-over from Jose Peseiro |Photo Credit: Imago

Use local coach - Nigerians urge NFF to sack Peseiro after Super Eagles draw with Zimbabwe

Asukwo Oduo 16:43 - 19.11.2023

With just two games played in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Nigerians are already fed up with coach Jose Peseiro and have asked for an indigenous coach to take over from him.

Fans of the Super Eagles of Nigeria have grown frustrated with Portuguese tactician Jose Peseiro after watching recent World Cup qualifiers.

A star-studded Super Eagles of Nigeria team could not muster all three points in two World Cup qualifiers against African minnows Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

To put it in a better context, Nigeria only got two points (could have lost both games, actually) playing against teams ranked far below them in the FIFA ranking - Zimbabwe is ranked 123rd in the world, while Lesotho is a hundred-plus places below, occupying the 153rd position.

Nigeria drew 1-1 with Lesotho in the first game, while South Africa beat Benin 2-1 to top the group. In the second game against Zimbabwe, many expected the Super Eagles to come out all guns blazing, but they disappointed once more.

Following the laborious and tasteless showings in both games, Nigerian football fans have urged the Nigerian Football Federation to part ways with Jose Peseiro.

Nigerian fans want home-based case to replace Peseiro

Pulse Sports Nigeria on Facebook asked if Jose Peseiro remains the right man to lead Nigeria to success at the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The answer was an overwhelming 'NO.'

Many fans want the Super Eagles to have a local coach, preferably one of Nigeria’s ex-internationals - Emmanuel Amuneke, Austin Eguavoen, and Sunday Oliseh have all managed the Super Eagles at one time or the other.

The argument is that many African sides, like Ghana, Morocco, and Senegal, all have indigenous coaches, and the Super Eagles should follow suit.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have now put themselves in a difficult position in the running to qualify for the 2026 World Cup, with South Africa leading the group with 3 points.