Finidi George, Amunike, Siasia & Nigerian coaches who can replace Peseiro

Finidi George, Amunike, Siasia & Nigerian coaches who can replace Peseiro

The hunt for a new Super Eagles coach has started following the departure of Jose Peseiro at the end of his contract on February 29.

Although Nigeria are yet to confirm any opponent for the March international window, a new head coach needs to be appointed before their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June.

The Super Eagles will be playing South Africa and Benin Republic as they seek their first win in the qualifiers.

Afrosport looks at the top five Nigerian coaches who should be considered for the coaching role.

Finidi George

The Enyimba coach was an assistant coach under Peseiro and he played a part in guiding the Super Eagles to second place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

In addition to his success with the Super Eagles, Finidi George led Enyimba to win the Nigeria Premier Football League title in 2023 and they currently lead the league table for an unprecedented 11th NPFL crown.

Emmanuel Amunike

The former Barcelona striker is experienced with coaching in international football having led Tanzania to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Amunike is currently without a job and might be considered to lead the three-tim African champions who are eyeing a place in the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.

Augustine Eguavoen

Nowadays, the name Eguavoen is synonymous to anything NFF and the Super Eagles as he currently serves as the Federation’s Technical Director.

Several reports are claiming Eguavoen will be the interim coach of the Super Eagles pending the confirmation of a new head coach.

The 58-year-old has had three different stints with Nigeria’s men national team and he recently led them to the 2021 AFCON.

Augustine Eguavoen - Former Nigeria coach

Samson Siasia

The Olympics silver medallist will complete serving his five-year ban from all football-related activities in August and he could be a strong contender for the job.

Siasia enjoyed success with Nigeria’s youth teams in the past across several competitions like the 2005 FIFA Youth Championship and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

He coached the Super Eagles twice in 2010 and 2016, and he was banned in 2019 for accepting an offer for bribes in order to manipulate matches.


Salisu Yusuf

The former Kano Pillars and Enyimba coach is another option the Nigeria Football Federation can consider for the vacant Super Eagles job.

Salisu worked as assistant to Siasia, Stephen Keshi, Gernot Rohr who were Nigeria coaches in different periods and the experience has equipped him for the main job.

He recently handled the home-based Super Eagles but could not ensure their qualification for the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

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