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Former Real Madrid assistant Jose Peseiro appointed Nigeria head coach

FILE - Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro has been appointed as Nigeria’s new coach. Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP

FILE - Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro has been appointed as Nigeria’s new coach. Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP

Published May 16, 2022

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Lagos — Widely-travelled Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro has been appointed manager of Nigeria, the national football federation (NFF) confirmed on Monday.

"(Peseiro) has wide and varied experience coaching top clubs and national teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa and South America," the NFF said in a statement.

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Peseiro, who left his most recent position as Venezuela coach last August after not being paid for a year, will lead the Super Eagles in friendlies against Mexico and Ecuador.

The 62-year-old will be assisted by former Nigeria international forwards Finidi George, Ike Shorunmu and Salisu Yusuf.

In March, former national coach Augustine Eguavoen and his assistants lost their jobs after the team failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Eguavoen, a 56-year-old former international defender, had been appointed on an interim basis in December after Frenchman Gernot Rohr was sacked.

Peseiro, a former Real Madrid assistant coach, has previously managed Saudi Arabia and clubs including Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo and Sharjah FC.

AFP

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