Augustine Eguavoen has extended Jose Peseiro his support as he takes over as permanent manager of the Nigeria senior national team.
Following Gernot Rohr’s departure, the Nigeria Football Federation appointed the Portuguese as the next Super Eagles coach.
Peseiro, 61, has previously worked for Panathinaikos, Real Madrid, Sporting CP, Al Ahly, Braga, and most recently as Venezuela’s national team coach, which he quit in August due to unpaid compensation.
Eguavoen has been named temporary manager of the three-time African kings, who will compete in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Prior to Wednesday’s match against Guinea Bissau, the former Nigeria captain was questioned if he is interested in remaining with the squad following his good performance in Cameroon thus far.
The 56-year-old, however, deflected the subject elegantly, noting that Peseiro’s contract with the NFF should be honored while vowing to assist him in reaching success.
“As a member of the panel that interviewed several coaches, I feel obligated to participate,” Eguavoen told the reporters.
“The pendulum has not swung back.
The federation still has the last say, but once a contract has been signed, we must adhere to it.
“The only thing I can guarantee is that if Jose Peseiro is hired, we will have a great working relationship since I am familiar with the area and he is unfamiliar.”
“We need to ensure that we offer him with an environment that allows him to be completely at ease and calm while performing his duties.
“I will back him wholeheartedly — 100 percent, because this is not about me; this is for the country.”
Peseiro has been tasked with qualifying for the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup.
“Following careful study of a letter given by the Chairman of the Technical and Development Sub-Committee, the Executive Committee approved a proposal for the appointment of Mr Jose Peseiro as the next head coach of the Super Eagles, following Mr Gernot Rohr’s departure,” the NFF stated.
“It was unanimously agreed that the Afcon provides an excellent opportunity for Mr Peseiro to establish a working relationship with Mr Eguavoen, who will revert to his job as Technical Director following the Afcon.”