Idah Peterside, a former Nigerian goalkeeper, has demanded the sacking of Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro, even though he led the team to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Peterside, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, said he was not impressed by Peseiro’s performance, as he failed to adopt the Nigerian football identity of attacking and passing.
He said he was not swayed by the fact that Peseiro took the Super Eagles to their first AFCON final in 10 years, where they lost to Ivory Coast by two goals to one.
“We need to have structure like we had years ago,” he said.
“Now we are playing the Portuguese version of Jose Mourinho where we pack the box. This is not our style. How can Ivory Coast have more ball possession than us, it is never done,” he added.
“A lot of people have asked me yesterday, the coach got to the final, what do you think? I said, ‘Fire him’,” Peterside said.
He explained that Peseiro’s defensive approach was not suitable for Nigerian football, which he said was known for its flair and creativity.
“When we were younger, we used to shout ‘aaa, ooo’ while watching Nigeria’s game, what that sound signifies is that our football as a Nation is pass-based,” he said.
He added that Peseiro should be replaced by a coach who understands and respects the Nigerian football culture.