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Poll Wants Peseiro Retained As Eagles Coach



A small majority of Nigerians want Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro to be retained as in his job following the second place finishing of the team, a poll commissioned by GWG.ng has revealed.

The minimum requirement for the coach whose contract ran out to have a second chance at the job was a semi-final place, a feat he exceeded by taking the team to the final of the AFCON.

The Eagles were defeated in the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON final by Ivory Coast, a team that many did not expect to go far in the tournament.

However, following his qualification for the finals, a poll commissioned by GWG.ng on Twitter found that 53.3% of those who responded to the poll supported the question as to whether Peseiro should be retained. 47.7% on the other hand said no.

GWG.ng reports that in the approach to the tournament that there was little scepticism on Peseiro and his team, but the Super Eagles went on to surprise many Nigerians.

Meanwhile, Peseiro has expressed his regret over the team’s inability to bring the coveted trophy home to Nigeria.

The final match, held at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, saw the host country, Cote d’Ivoire, triumph over Nigeria with a stunning comeback, clinching victory with a 2-1 scoreline. The loss reverberated throughout the Nigerian football community, sparking debates and discussions across social media platforms.

Despite the disappointment of falling short in the final, Peseiro commended the Super Eagles’ remarkable performance and unwavering spirit throughout the tournament. Speaking candidly to journalists after receiving national honors at the presidential Villa Abuja, the coach emphasized the team’s dedication and the support they received from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and his coaching staff.

Reflecting on the final match, Peseiro remarked, “Our team showed very good spirit and played well. My boys did 100 per cent, same for my staff and the NFF.” However, he couldn’t help but express his sadness at not being able to secure the championship for the Nigerian people. “Of course, I would have liked to bring the cup to the Nigerian people,” he lamented. “I’m sad about that. But of course, I’m happy because I think we did a fantastic job. In the final, I think we felt that atmosphere.”

The coach’s comments came following the reception of the team by President Bola Tinubu at the presidential Villa Abuja. Alongside the vice president, Senator Kashim Shettima, Peseiro and the Super Eagles received the prestigious national honor of Member of the Orders of Niger, MON.

Expressing gratitude for the presidential recognition, Peseiro remarked, “First of all, I will like to say thank you to the President. I am 60 years old, this is the first time some president has invited me to his house. It’s an honor and a pride to me from the President of the Republic of Nigeria for the invitation to come here.”

With Peseiro’s heartfelt words and the team’s commendable efforts acknowledged by the nation’s leadership, the Super Eagles’ journey in the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations concludes with a blend of pride, reflection, and a determination to strive for greater success in future tournaments.

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