Jose Peseiro
  1. Jose Peseiro’s tenure as Nigeria’s head coach has created a heated debate among football fans, with some questioning his ability to lead the Super Eagles to success. However, as his one-year contract nears expiration, there are five compelling reasons why Peseiro deserves to continue at the helm of the team.

Firstly, Peseiro has fulfilled his contractual obligations by guiding the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria’s recent victory over Sierra Leone secured their place in Ivory Coast 2023, highlighting Peseiro’s success in meeting his primary objective.

Secondly, Peseiro has an intimate knowledge of the players, which is vital for the team’s success. Bringing in a new foreign coach would mean sacrificing another year to acquaint the new gaffer with the strengths and weaknesses of the Super Eagles squad. Peseiro has spent months getting acquainted with his players and discovering the ideal formation. Unless his replacement is an indigenous coach, disrupting the team’s dynamics might not be in their best interest.

Thirdly, Peseiro has brought steady improvement and attacking prowess to the team. While his tenure has witnessed some defeats, it is essential to acknowledge the positive changes he has brought to the team. The Super Eagles have arguably become a better-attacking force, focusing on pressing high up the pitch and utilising the flanks. In fact, the Nigerian national team has scored more goals in Peseiro’s first nine games in charge than in erstwhile boss Gernot  Rohr’s last nine matches across all competitions.

Fourthly, Peseiro has displayed astute decision-making abilities, making tough choices that have proven fruitful for the team. Despite criticism from fans regarding Ahmed Musa’s declining form, the coach recognized the importance of his captaincy and stood by him. Peseiro’s faith in Musa’s off-field contributions to the team has been invaluable. Similarly, while there have been calls for players like Gift Orban and Victor Boniface to be included, Peseiro has demonstrated discernment by sticking with his trusted options from Europe’s top five leagues. The coach’s decision-making, even when unpopular, reflects his commitment to assembling the strongest possible team.

Lastly, Peseiro has skillfully navigated the intricate world of Nigerian football politics. Instead of publicly complaining about unpaid wages, he privately resolved the issue and even personally visited Super Eagles players in various European countries. Furthermore, Peseiro has shown a deep understanding of Nigerian fans’ desires and has kept a close eye on the domestic league, attending NPFL games. While he has yet to award full debuts to home-based players, his efforts to stay connected with them are commendable.

In conclusion, as discussions continue regarding Jose Peseiro’s future as the Super Eagles head coach, these five reasons serve as a compelling case for his retention. Having fulfilled his initial objectives, adapted to the team dynamics, made prudent decisions, and displayed an astute understanding of Nigerian football, Peseiro has laid a pretty-decent foundation for the team’s continued success.

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