JUST IN: Jose Peseiro steps down as Super Eagles coach

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Portuguese manager Jose Peseiro has stepped down as coach of the Super Eagles following the expiration of his contract at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

Jose Peseiro announced his departure via social media on Friday. He led the Super Eagles to their first AFCON final in a decade, but they ultimately lost 2-1 to the host nation.

In a heartfelt message, Jose Peseiro expressed his gratitude to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), players, and fans for the opportunity and experience. He highlighted the dedication, sacrifice, and passion invested during his 22-month tenure.

                                Jose Peseiro with his backroom staff

“Yesterday, we concluded our contract with the NFF. It was a pride and honor to coach the Super Eagles. It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfillment,” Peseiro posted.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Sir Amaju Pinnick (the president who signed us), President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, the NFF, all the Staff, and especially all the PLAYERS, with whom leading has been a great pleasure.

“Guys, we are thankful; it has been a privilege to be part of this family. We will miss you, but we will always be there for you, no matter where you are. A big hug to all of you.”

While fans hoped for Peseiro’s contract extension, sources suggest the NFF is exploring options for an indigenous coach. Former international Emmanuel Amuneke is reportedly a frontrunner for the position.

Peseiro, officially appointed on May 16, 2022, managed the Super Eagles in 22 games, recording 11 wins, 7 losses, and 4 draws.

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