Peseiro Must Go, Angry Fans Tell NFF After Guinea-Bissau’s Defeat
Top football stakeholders in the country have called on the Nigeria Football Federation to sack Jose Peseiro, following the Super Eagles’ uninspiring 1-0 loss to Guinea-Bissau in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
A first-half strike from Mama Balde secured a comfortable win for the Djurtus, who move one point clear of the Eagles to top Group A, with three games to play.
The defeat dented Eagles’ AFCON qualification hopes, but boost the Djurtus chances of reaching the continental showpiece for a second consecutive time in Ivory Coast, having appeared at the delayed edition in Cameroon last year.
It was the first time in three decades that the Eagles failed to win a game in three straight games.
The three time African champions suffered earlier friendly defeats in the hands of Algeria (2-1), Portugal (4-0) and Guinea Bissau 1-0.
Since Peseiro took charge as coach of the Eagles, he has recorded only two wins — against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome — in the seven games that he has been with the three-time African champions.
He was not with the team when they lost to Costa Rica in a pre-World Cup friendly last November.
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Former Eagles defender Sam Sodje believes Peseiro’s defensive frailties were exposed by the Djurtus.
“You can’t win games if you do not defend well as a team,” Sodje said.
“He (Peseiro) should leave. Even the best teams defend well as a unit. We lost to Djurtus because they defended well.”
Ace sports broadcaster, Temisan Okomi, questioned the competence of Peseiro and his technical abilities.
“At the rate we are going I don’t even know if we have a coaching problem or a team problem,”Okomi began.
“The truth of the matter is that Peseiro is absolutely not useful as a coach to us. Its not working at all. He has only won two games in seven games, its untenable. The problem we have is that we cannot even sack him because we don’t have money but if we can, the NFF should sack him immediately.
“Peseiro has not worked for us and we need to find another coach fast.”
Football analyst Ralph Chidozie-George told Saturday PUNCH that Peseiro should be replaced to avoid further embarrassing results.
“Peseiro does not deserve to be the coach of the Eagles,” Chidozie-George said.
“The Eagles job is bigger than him. He does not have what it takes to coach Nigeria. He also does not have the strong will to lead the team.
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“From his results, we’ve only been able to beat Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and another low country as Guinea-Bissau just defeated the Eagles at home and he has lost all his friendly games. This is not the coach that will take the Eagles beyond the mediocre level Gernot Rohr left the team.
“His list of players for the game doesn’t look like a team selected based on current form, and as you can, see all the players who struggled for game time at their respective clubs messed up our game against Guinea-Bissau.”
Afolabi Gambari, another journalist, believes Peseiro lacks the technical ability to lead the Eagles out of the doldrums.
“Peseiro’s competence is suspect, as far as I know,”Gambari said.
“He is clueless and not desirable of the Eagles and because of the cost, he should just go away.”
Ighalo Makes Saudi Team Of The Season
Despite his impressive goal record for Al-Nassr striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been omitted from the Saudi Pro League team of the season, as Nigerian striker Jude Ighalo leads the frontline instead.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also finished as the Saudi Pro League’s fifth top scorer for the season with his 14 goals.
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However, upon their decision to name the league’s Team of the Season, sport statistic gurus OPTA chose not to include Ronaldo.
Instead, former Manchester United and now Al Hilal striker Odion Ighalo leads the attack thanks to his 19 goals in 27 games.
FIFA Releases Women Football Rankings
Nigeria have moved two places in the latest FIFA women’s rankings released by the Federation of International Football Association, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Super Falcons, who were ranked 42nd in the world in the ranking released in March, gained three points to move to 40th.
Randy Waldrum’s side maintained their first position in Africa.
The Falcons’ rise in the rankings was largely due to their impressive performance at the exhibition in Turkey.
The Nigeria senior women’s national team won three consecutive games after snapping out of their seven-match winless run to continue their preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled to hold from July 20 to August 20.
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The ranking released by FIFA on Friday is the final before the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand next month.
Nigeria will begin their World Cup campaign against Canada July 21.
Alongside the Falcons, South Africa, Morocco and Zambia will represent Africa at the women’s World Cup.
The next ranking will be published on August 25.
Transfer: Cristiano Ronaldo Reacts As Messi Snubs Saudi Arabia For Inter Miami
Al-Nassr striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has said “the best are welcome in Saudi Arabia.”
Ronaldo was responding to questions about Lionel Messi deciding to move to Inter Miami instead of the Middle East.
Messi also turned his back on his former club, Barcelona, for a new adventure in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
“I don’t want to talk about football – only water.
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“All the best are welcome in Saudi Arabia. Here we have no problems with the league,” Ronaldo said at an event promoting his new water brand.
Ronaldo has however been joined in Saudi Arabia by former Real Madrid team-mate, Karim Benzema.
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