Following the conclusion of the 34th Africa Cup of Nations title match in Abidjan late Sunday night, the Nigerian football team, the Super Eagles, find themselves without a coach.
The interim contract with Portuguese manager Jose Peseiro has expired, as it was linked to the conclusion of AFCON 2023. Initially scheduled to end in June of the previous year, the contract was extended to cover the Africa Cup of Nations period. The renewal of the interim six-month contract was contingent on Nigeria reaching the semi-finals, a condition fulfilled when the Super Eagles defeated Angola in the quarter-finals.
Nigeria’s upcoming task is the qualification for the 2025 AFCON, with preliminaries set to commence next month. Although CAF did not announce the fixtures for the next edition’s preliminaries, a timeline issued last year outlines the schedule as follows:
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– Preliminary round: 18-26 March 2024
– First and second matchdays: 2-10 September 2024
– Third and fourth matchdays: 7-15 October 2024
– Fifth and sixth matchdays: 11-19 November 2024
Additionally, the Super Eagles have two matchdays for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. On 2 June, they will host Bafana Bafana and then travel to Benin Republic for another World Cup qualifier on 9 June.