'Fire him' - ex-Nigeria star calls for Peseiro's dismissal

'Fire him' - ex-Nigeria star calls for Peseiro's dismissal
Jose Peseiro, head coach of Nigeria during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations training session for Nigeria at Ecole Nationale de Police in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire on 10 February 2024 ©Achille Ndomo Tsanga/BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Tuesday Feb 13, 2024. 15:00

Former Nigeria international Idah Peterside has called for the dismissal of José Peseiro after he failed to lead the Super Eagles to the 2023 AFCON title.

The Super Eagles succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in the final on Sunday night and Peterside is unhappy with how the team played under the Portuguese tactician.

“We all know Brazilians play Samba football, the British will always play fast football and just drop the ball, that is how they play,” Peterside said on Channels Television.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cebULP8_M

“Now we are playing the Portuguese version of Jose Mourinho where we pack the bus. That is what we are playing now but this is not our style.

“Look at Ivory Coast, they fired their coach, well the coach resigned if I would say when they didn’t qualify.  They brought their home-based coach who knew the culture, and all of a sudden everything changed,” the retired goalkeeper continued.

“He would have said to them, where are you running to, pass the ball. Every time you play football, the coaches will tell to you deny the opponent time and space, and whoever holds the ball wins the game.

“Everybody is looking for one ball, so knock it around, play it around, and you get the results. We don’t have that kind of culture. You know a lot of people asked me yesterday, the coach got the final, what do you think, I said to fire him.”

Peseiro was mandated to lead Nigeria to at least the semi-finals of the 2023 AFCON and he surpassed expectations.

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