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Exclusive: Qualifying Eagles For AFCON 2023 Should Be Peseiro’s Priority –Aikhoumogbe

Exclusive: Qualifying Eagles For AFCON 2023 Should Be Peseiro’s Priority –Aikhoumogbe

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Andrew Aikhoumogbe has advised the Super Eagles Head Coach, Jose Peseiro to prioritise the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers like a cup final.

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Recall that Peseiro was appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday and will takeover from Austine Eguavoen.



In a chat with Completesports.com from his Cairo base in Egypt, Aikhoumogbe lauded his appointment and hope he will lead the Super Eagles to success.

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He also advised the Portuguese tactician to prioritize the 2023 AFCON qualifiers and ensure the team qualify for the bi-annual tournament.



“Appointing Jose Peseiro as Super Eagles coach is a good move in the right direction with the AFCON 2023 just around the corner.



“Without mincing words, I expect Peseiro to prioritize the Nations up and ensure that Nigeria doesn’t struggle to qualify for the tournament.



“I am hoping he succeed and take Nigeria football to a bigger level.”

 

his is the second time the NFF is announcing Peseiro as the coach for Nigeria having hurriedly done the same on the eve of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

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Then, it was announced that the Portuguese will be an observer while Austin Eguavoen will be solely in charge of the Eagles at the continental tournament.

 

The ‘appointment’ of Peseiro by the NFF was, then, contained in a communique issued after the NFF’s executive council meeting held on December 29, 2021.

 

Peseiro CV

 

José Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, 62, is a Portuguese who played as a striker in his days and has wide and varied experience coaching clubs and national teams across four different continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

 

An educationist with a degree in physical education/sports sciences, Peseiro has top-level coaching qualifications/training and has coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, and Rapid Bucharest.

 

He also had stints at Sporting Braga, Victoria Guimaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC, and Real Madrid, as well as serving as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabia and Venezuela national teams.

 

Though well-travelled and with vast experience, Peseiro appears to have more sack letters than trophies but it would be out of place to outrightly conclude he will not succeed with the three-time African champions, Nigeria,

 

From Panathinaikos to FC Porto to Braga and even Saudi Arabia, there has hardly ever been any happy ending wherever he has found himself.

 

That said, the Portuguese tactician has some notable moments winning silverware, with the last being the league title with Al-Ahly.

 

He is saddled with rebuilding the Nigeria team to a formidable one and his first outing will be leading the Super Eagles for the upcoming tour of the United States of America.

 

There, the three-time African champions will slug it out with Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ Teams in prestige friendlies.

 

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 8
  • Ako AMADI 1 month ago

    Qualifying for AFCONBas the new coach’s priority? Nigeria never had any problem qualifying for AFCON under any coach. We’re looking for coaches to win AFCON and qualify the Super Eagles for the World Cup

     
    • JULIET 1 month ago

      AKO AMADI, YOU SAID TO QUALIFY FOR AFCON UNDER ANY COACHES IS NOT A PROBLEM. NOT THIS MILLENNIUM.
      HAVE YOUR FORGET:
      *** IN YEAR 2011, WE DIDN’T QUALIFIED UNDER LOCAL COACH SIASIA
      *** IN YEAR 2015, WE DIDN’T QUALIFIED UNDER LOCAL COACH KESHI AGAIN
      *** IN YEAR 2017, WE DIDN’T QUALIFIED UNDER LOCAL COACH OLISEH, THEN SIASIA
      ### IT IS UNDER GERNOT ROHR THAT NOW REDEEMED THE QUALIFICATIONS BACK TO BACK IN YEAR 2019 & 2012. ###
      SO THIS TIME AROUND,AFCON QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD NOT BE TAKING FOR LIGHTLY. AFRICA FOOTBALL HAVE IMPROVED.
      I HOPE YOU REMEMBER GAMBIA, EQ. GUINEA, COMOROS & CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC ( that beat super eagle in Lagos).
      NO SMALL COUNTRIES IN AFRICA FOOTBALL AGAIN.

       
  • Chibuike 1 month ago

    All this exinternationals 80s that doesn’t know new Moden football follow dey spoil Nogeria football. Is time for you guys to shatap

     
  • madmen 1 month ago

    If its not aikohmoghbe na Sunday dosu if not its Akpoborie

     
  • TALK UR OWN 1 month ago

    MY ADVICE FOR JOSE PASEIRO
    ** Work hand to hand with your Technical crews
    ** Let the invitation of players base on merit
    ** Don’t allow anybody FORCE/IMPOSE any players on you. Instead SCOUT for players & test them in Friendly matches
    ** Invite local players that is ready to give foreign professional players a stiff competition(not the one to add to the number/surplus to requirements).
    ** Always maintain your stand
    ** Don’t allow anybody to be pushing you up and down.
    ** Don’t be carried away with the club performance of players ONLY but base on PRESENT FORM & POTENTIAL
    ** Do not tolerate INDISCIPLINE in to your team.
    ** Do not invite players in order to pacify/please somebody (like local Coach Equavoen)
    ** Encourage your players to be STRONG & MORE PHYSICAL when it comes to Africa football
    ** Try to take advantage of newly introduced format: FIVE-SUBSTITUTION in a match(approved by CAF & FIFA) as an opportunity to test-run other players and MORE TECHNICAL in it.

     
  • Thank you very much @ ‘Talk Your Own’ for the advice. If he can keep to them, he will certainly succeed.
    Part of what lead to Eguavon failure was not maintaining his stand, not encouraging his boys(reducing a team that drew an away match without conceding by half against the same team) and being too predictable tactically.
    This current setup of super eagles plays better in 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 formation.
    Again, Team selection.
    This is one area even Omo 9ja,
    The No.1 critics of Rhor holds him (Rhor) in high esteem. Rhors team list is always 90%-95% commendable. It can not be 100% because of the Nigeria factor. If not, forget it. And that is why most of this local coaches don’t like him because you can hardly force player on him.
    Little wonder why some fans said he was winning based on individual talent and effort of his team. LOLssss
    Another thing is continuity.
    Rhor once said “you don’t change a winning team”. Rhor don’t invite more than 4 or 5 new players at a time (not to talk of reducing your starting eleven by half in a match and at a time) just to maintain bond and understanding.

     
  • Hassan Tia 1 month ago

    Your advice is so excellent Take U Own for the new coach Jose Peseiro; but I add to some thoughts Peseiro must do them just like :- he must watch Nigeria premiere leauge in order to choose a good players then he can recall them to Super Eagles this also with the helping of Finidi and Shorounmu; he must put a strong defensive style of playing which SE old era have been playing by it, with wings style of playing and counter attackt style; he must recall a strong and combative defensive midfielders from NPLF or from exterior just like Anderson Esiti, Usman Mohammed for example; he must put a suitable tactic with adivsing of local coaching crew , like SE have used to play with 3-5-2 if the rival is strong in an anti-tactic , 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 if the rival has less tactical sensibility but without complacency; he must choose the players not on their famousness but on their good form and activity on his club; he must not afford NFF to choose his recalled players.

     
    • Nigerians don’t watch Nigerian league but u want a foreigner to watch.

      Name 3 players from Nigerian league that should be called up nah

       

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