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Sports News of Thursday, 27 January 2022


Super Eagles: Why Augustine Eguavoen fits better than Jose Peseiro

The final appointment of Portuguese Jose Peseiro remains uncertain as the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) are caught between approving his two-year contract or maintaining Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen who had led the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Peseiro, who until recently was the coach of the Venezuelan national team, met officials of the NFF in December 2021 over talks to take over the Super Eagles.

This follows the sacking of Gernot Rohr as head coach in the same month.

Eguavoen took over the team a month to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 as an interim coach.

Under his tutelage, the Super Eagles were the only team to secure all nine points in the group stage after defeating Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.

Jose Peserio in numbers:

The Portuguese began his coaching career in 1991 as a player coach with Union Santarem.

The 61-year-old has coached about 20 teams, hasn't won a trophy and has been dismissed from the job on several occasions. His track record as a football manager at the various teams is not enviable.

He managed the national teams of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela recently and at club levels, he managed Sporting CP, Vlt. Guimaraes, Sharjah FC, SC Braya, FC Porto, El Ahly, Al Wahda FC among others.

According to The Paradise, Peseiro has won only four trophies in his 29-year career, albeit one came while he was an assistant at Real Madrid. Overall, Peseiro has coached 362 games, winning 175, drawing 81, and losing 106. All the teams he has coached have been defensively porous and also find it hard to score.

He managed 31 games in Saudi Arabia, won 12, recorded 12 draws and lost 7 matches.

The Portuguese managed a victory, three draws, and lost six matches in 10 games as coach of Venezuela.

Verdict – 3/10

Augustine Eguavoen in numbers:

Eguavoen led the Super Eagles to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and won a bronze medal beating Senegal.

He was relieved of his duty in April 2006 after winning 5 games with one loss and no draw.

He managed the Nigerian under 23 football team in August 2010 but failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games after they were knocked out in the group stage as a result he resigned on Monday, December 5, 2011.

On Sunday, December 12, 2021, the 56-year-old was appointed as the interim coach of the Super Eagles for the AFCON 2021 following the dismissal of Gernot Rohr.

Under his tenure as a coach of the Super Eagles during the AFCON 2021, the team secured 9 points after winning 3 matches in the group games.

A loss to Tunisia in the second round of the tournament condemned Nigeria to a shock exit.

Verdict – 7.5/10

This article was written by Jill Emefa