‘Time to move on’ – Peseiro not interested in returning to Super Eagles

Former Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro says he is not interested in making a return to manage the Nigerian national football team.

Peseiro left the post following the expiration of his contract last month, shortly after the conclusion of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

There were eports that the Nigeria Football Federation reopened negotiations and offered him an increased pay to make a return to the team but he turned it down.

The Portuguese, who led the Super Eagles to second place finish at the AFCON final in Cote d’Ivoire, however reiterated that his work with the team was complete.

Peseiro expressed gratitude for the opportunity to coach such talented players, but insisted that it was time for him and the country to move on in their respective lanes.

He said in an interview with SPORTSITALIA; “As I said, my work with the Super Eagles is over. It was gratifying to coach players of such quality, with my staff we managed to do well in this sense, but the time has come to move on to another project.”

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Michael Nsien, an American tactician of Nigerian descent, has claimed he is the right man to succeed Jose Peseiro as the coach of Super Eagles.

He said during an interview with TVC that he has what it takes to be manage the Nigerian national football team which has been without a coach since Peseiro’s exit.

The 43-year-old said; “I am the best of both worlds. As a Nigerian-American, I have a passion for the Super Eagles; I also know the responsibilities that come with that position as head coach.

“I have experience working in an environment that spares no expenses in technology, has top scouting infrastructure, and coaching collaboration from top to bottom.

“I know where we are at in Nigerian football, and I know the gap that exists. I can bridge the gap and help us reach the level that we should be at in world football. It’s time to change course and move forward. I want to put smiles on the faces of our people.”