The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is reportedly contemplating firing coach Jose Peseiro due to the national team’s disappointing performance in the World Cup qualifiers. Nse Essien, an executive committee member of the NFF, stated that if they had the financial resources to pay off Peseiro, they would be willing to relieve him of his coaching duties.
Nigeria’s qualification for the 2026 World Cup faces dier challenges after the team managed only two draws in their first two qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe. The slow start has led to criticism of Portuguese coach Peseiro, and the NFF is under pressure to make a coaching change.
NFF member Essien expressed the dissatisfaction with the team’s performance, stating, “Everybody is asking for the sack of the head coach. It’s unfortunate that from a possible six points, we only have two points. We’re in a very precarious situation.”
Nigeria, having failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, currently has two points from two matches in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The national team will look to improve its standing when the qualifiers resume in June 2024, with matches against South Africa and Benin on the horizon.