The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, might dismiss coach Jose Peseiro if they had the necessary funds to settle his contract due to two underwhelming performances in World Cup qualifiers, as indicated by executive committee member Nse Essien.
Nigeria’s path to the 2026 World Cup faces significant challenges following only securing two draws in their initial qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe took the lead in the first half through Walter Musona’s direct free-kick, later equalized by Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho in the second half.
Criticism has been directed at Portuguese coach Peseiro for the Super Eagles’ sluggish beginning in the qualification phase.
“If we had the money (to pay for compensation), we will be willing to relieve him of his job. We’re not happy,” NFF member Essien told reporters.
“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.”
South Africa currently tops Group C in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers with three points. They are anticipated to extend their lead on Tuesday during their visit to Rwanda, while Lesotho will host Benin in South Africa’s absence.
Nigeria, unable to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has accumulated two points from two matches.
The qualifiers are set to recommence in June 2024, offering Nigeria an opportunity to recover lost ground as they welcome South Africa to the southern city of Uyo. Subsequently, they face a challenging away match against Benin.
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