Choosing players for Nigeria is difficult – Peseiro

Choosing players for Nigeria is difficult – Peseiro
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Copa America 2021 - Group B - Venezuela v Ecuador - Estadio Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - June 20, 2021 Venezuela coach Jose Peseiro during the match REUTERS/Sergio Moraes


Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, has revealed that it is tough choosing the right players for the national team because of the numerous talents the club is blessed with.

The Portuguese tactician travelled to England to watch Nigerian stars where he also had the opportunity to watch English-based players eligible for the Eagles.

The former Venezuela coach hinted that he would extend invitations to players who have a passion to play for Nigeria, adding that it is not an easy task to select players.

“There are many, many players at the moment that can play for Nigeria. You receive some information or when you watch many players on TV or live, you can discover more players, more players, more players,” Peseiro said in an interview with the Mirror.

“I was in some matches when I was in England to see some players, then at the same time, we discovered, ‘well that player can play for us, also’, normally young players.

“There are many good players with quality, capacity and good training. For us, if we want to win the next AFCON, I am happy because I have many players with the quality to create a good national team.

“But it’s not easy to choose the right players. We try to see them in the match, and after that, I try to call them for our practice and our friendly games because we want to create a small group with quality for developing in training and practice to implement our ideas to win the next AFCON.

“But there are a lot of players, and they need to show the maximum demand and motivation to play for Nigeria. Quality, of course, but demand and motivation to play for us.”

Peseiro recently gave Anglo-Nigerian defender Bright Osayi-Samuel his Super Eagles debut in an international friendly against Portugal in December 2022.

The likes of Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise, Folarin Balogun, Carney Chukwuemeka, Tosin Adarabioyo, Noni Madueke are among the numerous players of Nigeria descent eligible to play for the Eagles waiting for a national call-up.


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