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Official: Nigeria appoint Jose Peseiro as new head coach

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The Super Eagles will play against Mexico under the new manager.

Nigeria Football Federation has announced the appointment of Jose Peseiro as the new Super Eagles manager.

The former Sporting Lisbon manager will take over from Augustine Eguavoen, who led Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

A statement from NFF reads: “The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday announced the appointment of Mr Jose Santos Peseiro as the new head coach of the senior men national team, Super Eagles.

“The appointment is with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Mr Peseiro.

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“Jose Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, 62 last month, is a Portuguese who played as a striker in his days. He has wide and varied experience coaching top clubs and national teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.”

Having worked at Real Madrid as an assistant manager, Peseiro has coached several teams during his 30-year-long managerial career.

Following a short spell at Sporting Lisbon, Peseiro took over Venezuela just before the Copa America 2021 games. However, two defeats and two draws in the continental tournament ended Peseiro’s time with the Venezuelan national team.

Nigeria will play their first game under Peseiro when they take on Mexico on May 28. The Super Eagles will then face Ecuador in their next friendly fixture on June 2.