Ex-Porto manager Jose Peseiro agrees to become next Nigeria coaach

Ex-Porto and  Sporting Lisbon manager Jose Peseiro has agreed to become the next Nigeria coach.

Peseiro, was previously linked with the job after the sack of Gernot Rohr will sign a two-year deal and will be expected to qualify the Super Eagles to the 2023 Africa  Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire after the qualification draw took place on Tuesday.

Nigeria have been placed in Group A together with Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe or Mauritius.

“It’s important to reiterate that a deal has been agreed with Mr Peseiro and he will sign his contract before our friendly against Mexico on 28 May,” NFF’s director of communications, Ademola Olajire, told BBC Sport Africa.

“The Super Eagles is heading into a new phase and the arrival of a new coach is very important for this process.”

Salisu Yusuf will be second assistant, as well as head coach of Nigeria’s Chan (for locally-based players) and under-23 teams.

Peseiro is expected to take charge against World Cup-bound Mexico on 28th May in Texas, with a match against Ecuador following on 2 June in New Jersey.

He alongside Laurent Blanc, Anthony Conceicao and Ernesto Valverde were shortlisted for the position by the Nigeria Football Federation.

He has previously managed Panathinaikos, Real Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Al Ahly, Braga and most recently as the Venezuela national team coach – a position he left in August 2021 over unpaid salary.

Meanwhile, Augustine Eguavoen stepped down from the Super Eagles interim coaching job after Tunisia knocked Nigeria out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in the last 16, having won all their group games including beating finalists Egypt.

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