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Jose Peseiro did not resign, contract ended – Segun Odegbami


A former international footballer, Segun Odegbami, has clarified that the former Super Eagles Coach, Jose Peseiro, did not resign as speculated.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos, Odegbami explained that Peseiro’s contract concluded, and it wasn’t renewed.

Odegbami urged Peseiro to gracefully move forward, noting that his performance as the Super Eagles coach was average. He emphasized, “Peseiro did not resign as the story is being peddled; his contract ended and it was not renewed, end of the story.”

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He encouraged Peseiro to step down amid the applause, highlighting the recognition he received from the government.

Odegbami pointed out, “If the ovation was not loud, the government wouldn’t have given him the award that nobody could have ever imagined. Peseiro got a reward that has never been given to any coach in the world, not because he won the AFCON, but because he came second.”

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Expressing the need for a coach who can secure victories, Odegbami urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to consider appointing an indigenous coach for the Super Eagles.

He emphasized a departure from a colonial mentality and the reliance on foreign coaches, stating, “Football is not a rocket science, but a simple game; we have lots of Nigerians who have all the qualifications to take us to any level.”

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Odegbami concluded, “For me, I won’t suffer from colonial mentality again, and enough of foreign coaches, now, it’s time for a Nigerian Coach to handle our national team.”