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Nigeria: Former Super Falcons boss slams Peseiro for ‘lukewarm attitude’

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The newly-appointed Nigeria manager has failed to impress in his first matches in charge of the Super Eagles.

Former Nigeria women’s national team manager Godwin Izilein has criticized Jose Peseiro for his poor start with the Super Eagles.

Peseiro took charge at Nigeria after the Super Eagles’ underwhelming displays in the Africa Cup of Nations. 

Following two defeats against Mexico and Ecuador, Peseiro’s side went on to beat Sierra Leone in their first AFCON qualifier last week.

The Super Eagles then dismantled Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 on Monday. However, Izilein doesn’t see a major improvement in the way Nigeria approach the games.

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Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria, he said: “I am yet to see anything new, it’s still the same old pattern of play; lukewarm attitude towards games should be changed.

“They have no fighting spirit, it is only Victor Osimhen that does that and he does not get a good ball from the wingers. He (Osimhen) needs that deep penetrative passes.

“The basic fact is that we are still not playing as a team, that individual play is still very much visible in our games.

“There is also a need to introduce into the team element of speed, they are too slow for my liking.

“Another missing link is that of creative midfielders. With this, it will create that effectiveness in our attack as well as cover the defence.

“Our wingers should also remember that great goals are scored from pull-out.

“There is nothing new with the Eagles under the current coach. For us to be celebrating 10 goals, we are yet to get that rhythm Eagles are known for.”