Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has told the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committee to focus on paying him and his team their outstanding allowances and not on teaching him his job.
Peseiro allegedly made the statement while responding to NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Shariff Ahlan comment concerning the future of Super eagle adding that the Eagles job is more of importance than the Portuguese.Although, Ahlan, in October has reminded told Peseiro in a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal about the poor performances of the Eagle’s due to his lagging managerial abilities.
However, Peseiro replied back when told to ensure the best of eagles by defending his squad list for the upcoming games. He said “You’re busy to pay me my allowances but not busy to tell me what I will do,”.
However, after leading Nigeria to qualification for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, Peseiro’s uninspiring side trails Rwanda and South Africa in their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign on the back of two 1-1 draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.Moreso, the last 15 games in charge of the Eagles has seen Peseiro winning six and losing six with the three-time African champions scoring 31 times, out of 10 came in a game against Sao Tome and Principe and conceded 21 goals.
Sports Minister John Enoh called out Peseiro over crawling performance of the Eagles in the 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign. He made this known on Wednesday in Abuja during a media conference with journalists. He said, “I am happy to report that I had a meeting with the NFF president, secretary and the Technical Department of NFF regarding the Super Eagles.“What we came out of that is that I’ve had to request that the coach (Peseiro) be summoned and I think at some point next week there’s going to be an engagement with him.”“All of that is trying to respond to the outcome of these matches, especially the World Cup qualifying games.”
While reacting to the clamour for the replacement of the Super Eagle’s coach based on poor technical abilities, Enoh said that sacking a coach is not a decision to be made out of emotions even though Nigerians place emotions and passions over football.
He further stated “As a minister, I am concerned that the Nigeria national team is not delivering and not meeting up with our expectations. The Africa Cup of Nations is so close that we need to be careful in what decisions we make but the next qualification rounds for the World Cup, the next match is in June, so it gives us more time to take decisions going forward.”
“AFCON is going to start January 13, are we going to request to fire the coach (Peseiro), I mean the answer is as good as mine.“I have found out that in this sector, there are passions and emotions. Where you are seated and where I am providing leadership, you don’t respond, you know you are not driven by passions and emotions.”