A member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board, Nse Essien, has revealed that the NFF would have dismissed Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro if they had the financial means to do so. Essien made this statement during an interview with OJB Sports following the national team’s 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe in a 2026 World Cup qualifier.


The draw with Zimbabwe, coming after a previous 1-1 draw with Lesotho, has left Peseiro’s team with only two points out of a possible six. Consequently, football enthusiasts have been urging the NFF to part ways with Peseiro due to the team’s performances.

However, Essien clarified that the decision is not straightforward, citing financial constraints as a significant factor in the board’s inability to relieve Peseiro of his duties.

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He said:

“The Sports Ministry who employed him were supposed to pay for their salaries. But up till now, nothing has been paid.

“If we sack the coaches now, who will pay compensation?

“Not a dime has been paid yet to this coach who earns about $70,000 a month.

“We have to respect Jose Peseiro’s contract.

“If we had the money to give to him (pay him off) we are going to relieve him. We are not happy.”