Jose Peseiro resumed his role as Super Eagles head coach yesterday in the USA as the team’s Dallas, Texas camp opened for the friendly matches with Mexico and Ecuador scheduled for Saturday (May 28) and next Thursday (June), reports Megasportsarena.com.
The Portuguese unequivocally stated in his first interview that his major priority is to lead the team to Africa Cup of Nations glory next year in Ivory Coast.
“My major aim is to reach the AFCON because we want to win the AFCON. It’s there 2023 but we must start today to improve our spirit to get there.”
Peseiro, who put the players through their paces for the first time on American soil on Thursday evening with the 15 players on ground before the arrival of four others as the number of players in camp increased to 19, was happy with the players response to training and hopes for good time with them.
“It’s a pleasure to start training with the national team and it’s the first step towards our ambition. They showed today the zeal and motivation and trained with happiness, the guys we’re fantastic in training.”
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho quashed all talks surrounding his international future by storming the camp on Thursday after bring handed a late call-up following the withdrawal of Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye.
The rumour mill was agog with stories that the Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus goalie was taking a break from the team following the online abuse he got from fans after the 2022 World Cup playoff against Ghana in Abuja, when his terrible blunder against Ghana led to Nigeria’s blackout from the Qatar World Cup.
Innocent Bonke, Terem Moffi, Moses Simon and Chidozie Awaziem were the latest players to hit camp, bringing the total number of invited players to nineteen.
19 players now in camp. Adeyinka, Olorunleke, Buhari, Madu, Rafiu, Mbaoma, Sanni, Bello, Aina, Ajayi, Ekong, Simon, Iwobi, Bassey, Aribo, Moffi, Bonke, Awaziem, Uzoho.