NFF gives Peseiro 3-day ultimatum to accept pay cut or quit as Super Eagles coach

The Nigeria Football Federation, (NFFC) has handed Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro a three-day ultimatum to accept a pay cut and renew his contract.

Chairman of NFF technical committee, Sheriff Rabiu Inuwa, in a statement, said the Portuguese will bid farewell to his job if he fails to make a decision within the three days.

Inuwa hinted that the NFF will appoint a caretaker coach to take charge of Super Eagles’ 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe next month and then start the search for a substantive head coach afterwards if Peseiro refused to respond to their request.

The 63-year-old’s previous contract expired at the end of last month and he has expressed his desire to lead the Super Eagles to the 2023 AFCON finals in Cote d’Ivoire.

The former Venezuela and Saudi Arabia coach is however not willing to accept a reduction on his $70,000 salary. Peseiro took charge of the Super Eagles in May 2022.

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Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, has asserted that the secondary school football teams of the 1970s would triumph over the present-day Nigerian national football squad.

Speaking in an interview, Onyema said games in secondary school during his days used to be very tough. He recalled when one of his teammates was sadly murdered in Delta state as a result of a match.

He said; “Those days used to be very tough. In fact, secondary school games in those days used to be tough. I remember when I played for Government College, Ughelli, they even killed one of our school boys in Agbarho (Delta State). It used to be tough in those days.

“Let me tell you, secondary school teams in the 70s will beat our national team of today. The present national team will be nowhere near the secondary school teams of yesteryear. I’m not talking about clubs, those days, secondary school teams were unlike these days.

“Today, secondary schools are now in two-storey buildings, no compound, no playground. Everybody is protective of their child, nobody allows the child to go out again to experience the street life”.