Super Eagles' head coach, Jose Peseiro is on course to win his first ever career silverware as his team looks to winning the AFCON trophy.

Jose Peseiro on course for first ever career silverware

The Super Eagles’ head coach, Jose Peseiro is on course to win his first ever career silverware as his team looks to winning the African Cup of Nations trophy, Bet Extract reports.

Portuguese coach, Peseiro Vitor dos Santos Peseiro exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations as he has now guided Nigeria to the final match of the Africa Cup of Nations.

To get to the African Cup of Nations finals, the Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Bafana Bafana of South Africa 4-2 on penalties.

After extra time, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. The three-time winners will play now have to play the hosts, Ivory Coast, in Sunday’s championship match.

Teboho Mokoena equalized with a penalty kick in the ninetieth minute, while Nigeria’s captain William Troost-Ekong scored the first goal after 67 minutes. Both goals during regular time also came from penalties.

Prior to now, the Super Eagles under him had been on a steady loss in relevance as the once most fancied team in Africa could not hold assert itself even in contest with far lower teams like Lesotho and Zimbabwe among others.

The pedigree of Jose Peseiro did not support a dream of his leading Nigeria to glory in AFCON.

He had only previously handled two lowly-rated national teams – Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Peseiro’s other jobs were being assistant to other coaches and handling clubs in the fourth-tier Portuguese league.

As a player, he was a second-tier striker in Portugal. As he said in an interview on UK’s Sky Sport: “I did not play at a high level.”

His coaching career took a turn after promotion to the top flight with Nacional. A job offer set him on a different trajectory.

Legendary Portuguese coach, Carlos Queiroz made him his assistant at Real Madrid in 2003. That was Jose Peseiro’s biggest moment.

Jose Peseiro was taking sessions with Raul, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo, with Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo. “Until then, I was afraid. Never before had I shared a dressing room with big players. But it was not difficult because they are so smart. It was fantastic.” The experience lasted only one season.


In his playing career, he never won any silverware. So also, had been in his coaching career that started in 1992 with União de Santarém in Portugal.

An AFCON trophy on Sunday against Ivory Coast will be Jose Peseiro’s first and biggest silverware. The Super Eagles are playing in their first AFCON final in eleven years. The squad’s most recent AFCON victory was in South Africa in 2013. The Eagles has previously won it in Tunisia (1994) and Nigeria (1980). Whether the team will win again this time is still to be seen.