Nigeria Football Coach Peseiro Discusses Future with NFF

Nigeria Football Coach Peseiro Discusses Future with NFF.

Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro says he is in talks with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, over the extension of his contract.

The Portugueses borned football coach who guided the Super Eagles to a second place finish at the just concluded 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cote d’Ivoire, said his current contract will expire at the end of this month.

“My contract ends at the end of this month. Now I go to rest and I am speaking with the NFF to know about my future,” Peseiro told TVC News Nigeria.

“Now I need to rest as I’m very tired, everybody is tired but we are speaking together about my future.”

Peseiro, who has been linked with the vacant Algeria coaching job, had attributed Super Eagles 1-2 defeat to host Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday at Stade Alassane Ouattara, Ebimpe, to being nervous compared to the Elephants, who played without pressure.

In his post-match press conference, Peseiro highlighted several factors that he believed contributed to his side 2-1 disappointing defeat, among other things, were nervous.

“Cote d’Ivoire were the main favourites for this tournament; they have very good players, wingers, and very fast wingers. Quality wingers in attack, they are a good team but they were almost out, I don’t know if that situation changed the pressure.

They were fantastic; they didn’t play with pressure, and they didn’t feel nervous, but on the contrary, my players, my team felt more nervous than their opponents.”

Peseiro also admitted the Super Eagles lost too many balls, which was evident in the final tally of 61 per cent to 39 per cent ball possession in favour of the Elephants.

“We lost many balls; I don’t know why; I don’t think my players were comfortable today. From the back, we lose too many balls, and with that, you allow the opponent to create many chances, and they attack and attack.”

Despite the shortfalls highlighted, Peseiro insists his players deserve to be praised for how far they came and how they gave their best shot at winning the 2023 AFCON tournament.



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