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How Peseiro impressed Pinnick with scientific knowledge of Super Eagles

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has revealed that newly appointed Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro impressed him with his scientific knowledge of the players.

Pinnick, in a recent interview, said Peseiro’s knowledge of the players endeared him to the board even before he was appointed as Gernot Rohr’s successor.

According to the NFF boss, Peseiro has demonstrated a high-level knowledge of Nigerian football history and Nigerian players at large.

He said: “If you look at Peseiro, when I was talking to him, he was talking as if he has been coaching the Super Eagles for a long time.

“He said to me, ‘listen, Nigeria, you played against Croatia (at 2018 World Cup) in your World Cup opening match, they did not over dominate you. It was 45 per cent/55 per cent ball possession. And he said ‘Croatia eventually played in the final of the World Cup, it could have been Nigeria.

“I got impressed. He brought the Wyscout, a software to analyse the strength of our players. He gave me the analysis of every one of our players scientifically. I was taken aback. When he spoke with the technical group, I was just an observer, we are all impressed,” Mr Pinnick added.

Pinnick furhter said Peseiro will come along with two other assistants while disclosing that the contract details of the new coach are still being worked on.

Peseiro, whose first major task will be qualifying Nigeria for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be an observer at the AFCON, but will take full charge of the Eagles for the final World Cup playoffs in March.

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