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Sports News of Saturday, 18 November 2023


Peseiro dismisses sack threat

Jose Peseiro, Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro, Super Eagles coach

Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, has dismissed the suggestion he may be sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Lesotho in the 2026 World Cup qualifier opener in Uyo.

The three-time African champions went behind to a team ranked 153rd in the world, with Motlomelo Mkhwanazi netting with their first shot on target.

However, Semi Ajayi’s header rescued a point for Nigeria in the 67th minute.

Speaking during his post-match press conference, Peseiro was asked if the NFF should decide to terminate his contract based on the result.

He said: “Why should I be sacked? Let me explain the performance.

“We created many opportunities to score. Our opponent only had two shots and scored from one of them.

“I am sad of course and a bit disappointed also. But my team tried to get the maximum points. I am sad because of the result but about the performance, Lesotho stayed behind all through for 90 minutes. They only came forward two or three times.”