The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), has stated that no contract has been signed with Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, to become the formal coach of Nigeria’s senior national team. ayokinews.com reports
Peseiro was named the next coach of the Nigerian squad on the condition that he take over after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), when he will also be on the ground to oversee the players.
His employment begins immediately after the tournament, although new sources indicate that the NFF wants to back out of the deal and leave interim coach Austine Eguavoen on the job.
Based on the few games the club plays each year, the performance has prompted the notion of retaining him in the post permanently, with the possibility of him also continuing his job as technical director.
“He (Peseiro) is not in Cameroon because we have not signed a contract with him yet,” the official, an NFF executive council member who did not want to be identified told ESPN.
“If he had signed a contract, he would have definitely been in Cameroon as planned.”
Nigeria has won all three of its games so far in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), with Eguavoen leading the squad with a style of football that many consider to be one of the best in recent times.
“What we all agree on is that we want the team to do well, to play good football, to make Nigerians happy and to win trophies.”
“It doesn’t matter who the coach is, what matters is the objective. If that objective can be achieved with Eguavoen as we can see now, then why not?”
“We removed Rohr because Nigerians were not happy with the play and we were not blind to see that we were not going in the right direction the way we were playing.”
“What we are even thinking of right now is to give Eguavoen the two jobs. The national team plays about 10 matches a year, so during those times when they are not playing, he can carry on with his other responsibilities,” the official said.