The vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Shehu Dikko, has praised the head coach of the national team, Jose Peseiro, for his courageous decision-making during the semi-final match against South Africa in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles secured victory through a penalty shoot-out against Bafana Bafana on Wednesday night.
Dikko, expressing his sentiments on his verified X page, commended Peseiro for placing trust in other players from his squad as the game entered its crucial phases. In his message, Dikko congratulated Jose Peseiro, acknowledging the coach’s fearless and deliberate choices. He specifically highlighted Peseiro’s decision to replace the entire top three strikers and two central midfielders, including Osimhen, Simon, Lookman, Iwobi, and Onyeka, in a high-stakes semi-final match.
Dikko also recognized Peseiro’s confidence in substituting an alternate central defender as the sixth substitute during the penalty kicks, noting that the strategic moves worked out well, resulting in positive outcomes. The message concluded with a statement of belief in the coach’s decisions and the team’s success.