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Sports minister insists on Peseiro as Nigeria’s team coach till after Cup of Nations

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The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has confirmed that the future of Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro will be determined after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to the pronouncement by the Sports Minister, Peseiro will continue to lead the Nigerian team during the upcoming tournament in Ivory Coast, despite calls in some quarters for the dismissal of the Portuguese football tactician following a disappointing start to the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Enoh admitted that the Ministry of Sports Development influences Peseiro’s status as the coach of the Super Eagles, as they are responsible for his salary payments and had previously agreed on a new contract earlier this year.

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The former Venezuela and Saudi Arabia manager willingly accepted a pay cut to remain the coach of the Super Eagles, a fact confirmed by the minister.

Speaking to Channels Television Sports, John Enoh stated, “I’ll tell you what I met and what I have also done so far. I was briefed when I became Minister of Sports Development about the employment of the current Super Eagles coach, and the contract signing took place in my predecessor’s office as Minister of Youth and Sports.

“That means that the Ministry played a role in that employment. I also encountered a situation in which the president of the NFF and his team, including the Secretary-General, had come to see me and talked about the assurance given by my predecessor that the payment of the Super Eagles coach would be the responsibility of the government.

After about 12 months into the contract of the present coach, it was revealed that there were outstanding salaries that had not been paid.”

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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