The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has named Jose Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Nigerian National team just days to the commencement of the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The 61-year-old Portuguese national was appointed to the role after the NFF executive committee met via video conference on Wednesday.
In a statement issued after the NFF meeting, Peseiro will be an ‘observer’ at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament as ex international, Augustine Eguavoen will remain in charge of the team as interim manager during the championship.
“It was unanimously agreed that the AFCON is a good avenue for Peseiro to launch a working relationship with Eguavoen, who will revert to his role as Technical Director Peseiro’s immediate boss after the tournament” the NFF statement read.
Born April 4, 1960 Peseiro played as a forward for his national team between 1979 and 1994 before becoming manager.
In 1992, he coached several clubs in his native Portugal, including Sporting CP – which he took to the 2005 UEFA Cup Final and Porto FC.
The Portuguese has had a 29-year coaching career, which started at Uniao Santarem in Portugal.
He also coached Al Ahly of Egypt in 2015, and managed the national teams of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela at different times.