Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu has urged the Nigeria Football Federation to keep national team technical consultant Jose Peseiro in Nigeria.
The NFF confirmed Peseiro’s appointment over the weekend, as preparations for the 2023 AFCON qualifiers get underway.
Since Nigeria sacked Gernot Rohr, the Super Eagles have been without a permanent head coach, with Augustine Eguavoen hired to fill the void.
Following their failure to qualify for the World Cup, Eguavoen and other members of his technical crew left, and a new handler has been sought.
Chukwu, who previously led the squad, expressed concern about the delay in naming a new coach, saying it may jeopardize the country’s attempt to compete in the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, according to Complete Sports.
The 62-year-old has now requested Peseiro, the new technical adviser, to reside in Nigeria and observe local leagues. Chukwu stated to Brila FM:
“I’m very happy so that it does not delay our preparation for Nations Cup qualifiers and let’s see what he will do when he comes.
“I will like him to live here, monitor our leagues and our players; let him not be like Rohr who stayed in Germany. Then days to the match, he will come back to the country with the players and so on.
“I will like this one to stay in Nigeria if they have accommodation for him and everything and let’s see how it goes.”