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‘Jose Peseiro will not play ‘observer’ role at 2022 AFCON’ – NFF Boss

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It is widely speculated that the Incoming Super Eagles manager, who is coaching the Portuguese team, coach Jose Peseiro will not play the “observer” role at the 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to hold in Cameroon.

However, contrary to these speculations making rounds that the Super Eagles caretaker coach, Austin Eguavoen would lead the Super Eagles in Cameroon, reports have it that the incoming manager has declared his interest in becoming Eagle’s official coach.

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who also is a FIFA Council Member, Melvin Amaju Pinnick while speaking at a Guild of Sports Editors Forum, yesterday, mentioned that the coach would be drafted immediately to the team.

Though Pinnick did not reveal the identity of the coach that Nigeria had settled for from the three coaches they shortlisted, he, however, said that whoever is chosen by the Executive Committee would resume duties immediately.

When asked about the supposed role of Paseiro, Pinnick reacted, “What will he be observing in the Nations Cup”?

“ I was marvelled by the knowledge of the coach on our players. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of each of our players. He knows even more than I know about our players. If all things go as expected, he will lead the Eagles to the Nations Cup. We know that Eguavoen can do it but we need one who can do it better. If we do not finish all his papers before the Nations Cup, Eguavoen will surely lead the team.”

What if Eguavoen wins the Nations Cup, will it change the hiring or designation of the foreign coach? “That will be a plus if he wins the Nations Cup. For sure, it will affect a lot of things. Eguavoen can swap positions with the expatriate by becoming the chief coach while he (expatriate) becomes Technical Director”, Pinnick said.

The CAF executive member confessed that they contacted experts in football before settling for their final choice for the Super Eagles.

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