AFCON 2023: Nigeria Coach, Peseiro, Threatens to Dismiss Super Eagles Stars, Source Speaks

AFCON 2023: Nigeria Coach, Peseiro, Threatens to Dismiss Super Eagles Stars, Source Speaks

  • Jose Peseiro, the Super Eagles of Nigeria tactician at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), is taking a firm stance on discipline
  • This is as the team aims for a fourth AFCON title with just the hurdle of Angola and two other teams to surmount
  • Per a report, Coach Peseiro warned his players that breaking camp rules would result in expulsion

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football.

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - Head coach of the Nigerian senior national football team, Jose Peseiro, has reportedly threatened to throw out any player who breaks camp rules.

The Super Eagles are billed to face Angola's Palancas Negras on Friday, February 2, in a quarterfinal clash at the ongoing 34th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d'Ivoire.

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Team Nigeria appears determined to win the 2023 AFCON. Photo credits: Franck Fife, DeFodi Images
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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had given Peseiro a semifinal target at the 2023 AFCON.

The Portuguese is just one match away from achieving his key performance indicator (KPI).

Rules Super Eagles players must abide by

As reported by SCORENigeria, Super Eagles stars must not be late to team meetings, pick up telephone calls during meetings, obey team curfews with bedtime being 11 pm, and must not entertain female visitors.

The media platform reported that the players have been completely cordoned off on the fourth floor of the Pullman Hotel in Abidjan with the team’s chief security officer (CSO) on general surveillance.

A source said:

“Peseiro has gone tough on the players. He warned that he will not hesitate to expel any player who flouts camp rules as they stay on course to win the AFCON.

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“The man is just a game away from reaching the target the NFF set for him to get a new contract and as such he is not smiling or joking.”

Peseiro's new system powering Eagles at AFCON

Speaking to Legit.ng, Suleimon Ndagi, a sports blogger, spoke on Coach Peseiro’s pragmatic approach to games.

Ndagi noted that if the coach’s tactics would bring Nigeria the trophy, football fans should not complain.

He said:

“The sour experience of the last AFCON (2021) might have made us more cautious.
“Victory over eventual finalists, Egypt, in the first game made us sing our victory song far too early. We all know how that turned out.
"Presidential phone calls usually reserved for teams that get to the final came embarrassingly too early. That means even the President felt it in his gut that we'd go far. Many laughed at us back then.”

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AFCON 2023: Iheanacho will still play - Peseiro

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Peseiro explained why Kelechi Iheanacho has not featured for the national team at the ongoing AFCON.

The manager stated Iheanacho’s continued absence from the pitch was due to the flow of the matches.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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