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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has approved the proposal by its Technical and Development sub-committee for the appointment of Portuguese manager Jose Peseiro as the new head coach of the Super Eagles as the team heads into next month’s AFCON.
Africa Today News, New York reports that his appointment is coming on the heels of the sacking of Gernot Rohr earlier this month.
The executive committee of the NFF has, however, resolved that the interim head coach Augustine Eguavoen will be in charge of the three-time African champions for the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon while coach Peseiro will serve as an observer.
The NFF says the tournament will be a good avenue for Peseiro to launch a working relationship with Eguavoen, who will revert to his role as technical director of the NFF after the AFCON.
The 61-year-old was in charge of the Venezuela national team until August and has also coached Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, and Al Ahly of Egypt.
Meanwhile, the executive committee has mandated the Technical and Development Committee and the NFF secretariat to organise a friendly match for the Super Eagles when the team arrives in Garoua for the AFCON 2021.
They have also been mandated to arrange matches for the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons in the upcoming FIFA windows.
In a related development, Italian club side, Napoli have moved to stop striker, Victor Osimhen from representing Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon reportedly due to their decision to ensure that his collar bone injury heals properly.
Africa Today News, New York can confirm that the 2021 AFCON begins on January 9 and ends on February 6, 2022.
According to Football Italia, Osimhen spent the Christmas break in Nigeria, but he’s expected to return to Naples on Friday for a medical check after a cheekbone surgery he underwent at the end of November.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK