Jose Peseiro, who officially became Nigeria’s head coach in May 2022, now faces a crucial test to determine his future. The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), led by Ibrahim Gusau, has decided to involve the fans in the decision-making process regarding Peseiro’s tenure as the Super Eagles boss.
Despite securing qualification for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the NFF has encountered difficulties in paying Peseiro’s reported monthly salary of $70,000. In light of this, Gusau announced on the Gbamm! LovingFootball radio show that they plan to seek the opinions and thoughts of the Nigerian public.
“We have a plan to engage the Nigerian people and hear their views,” stated Gusau. “We have tried foreign and local coaches, but it seems there have been challenges. Perhaps we haven’t found the right fit. We will definitely involve the public and ask whether we should continue with Peseiro or explore other options.”
Since failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, Nigeria has won four and lost five matches under Peseiro’s leadership. Notable results include a 10-0 victory over Sao Tome and Principe and a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Guinea-Bissau. Their recent qualification for the Afcon came courtesy of a last-minute goal by Kelechi Iheanacho, helping secure a 3-2 win against Sierra Leone.
However, Peseiro has faced criticism from both local media and fans, who have expressed dissatisfaction with team selections and lackluster performances. Gusau emphasized that the NFF’s priority is to select the most suitable candidate for the job, irrespective of nationality.
The previous coach, Augustine Eguavoen, also faced intense scrutiny following Nigeria’s elimination in the Round of 16 at the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, coupled with their failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Gusau added, “We will also seek Nigerians’ input on whether appointing a Nigerian coach would be the best choice for the country at this moment or if we should consider another foreign coach. We will gather their perspectives, assess them, and then make the necessary decisions as a board.”
The exact method for conducting the poll has not been determined yet by Gusau, who assumed his position in September of the previous year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about head coach
What is the current situation regarding Nigeria’s head coach, Jose Peseiro?
Jose Peseiro is facing a public battle to keep his job as Nigeria’s head coach. Fans have been given the opportunity to decide whether he should continue leading the Super Eagles.
When did Jose Peseiro officially take charge as Nigeria’s head coach?
Jose Peseiro officially took charge as Nigeria’s head coach in May 2022, although he was named as the coach in December 2021.
Has Nigeria qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon)?
Yes, Nigeria has secured qualification for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) despite some challenges. They sealed their spot with a 3-2 victory over Sierra Leone, thanks to a late goal by Kelechi Iheanacho.
What are some concerns raised about Jose Peseiro’s performance?
Local media and fans have criticized Jose Peseiro for his team selections and what they perceive as lackluster performances. These concerns have contributed to the decision to involve fans in determining his future as the head coach.
What will be the role of the fans in deciding Jose Peseiro’s fate?
The fans will have the opportunity to express their opinions and thoughts on whether Jose Peseiro should continue as Nigeria’s head coach. The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) aims to gather public input before making a final decision.
What are the challenges faced by the Nigerian Football Federation regarding Jose Peseiro’s tenure?
The NFF has struggled with paying Jose Peseiro’s wages, which are reported to be $70,000 per month. This financial issue has added to the complexities surrounding Peseiro’s position as the head coach.
Has the Nigerian Football Federation considered other coaching options?
The NFF is open to considering both foreign and Nigerian coaches for the position of the head coach. They will seek the opinions of the Nigerian public to determine whether they should continue with Peseiro or explore other alternatives.
What is the contract duration for Jose Peseiro with the Nigeria Football Federation?
Jose Peseiro’s contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is set to expire on 30 June. The decision regarding his future will be made before this date based on the feedback received from the fans.