Jose Peseiro Eyes Saudi Arabia Return


Former Super Eagles Coach, Jose Peseiro after snubbing Nigeria may return to Saudi Arabia to continue his coaching career.

Peseiro had a notable tenure with the Super Eagles, leading them to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire.

Nigeria went undefeated in six matches before losing to the hosts in the final, marking Nigeria’s first AFCON final appearance in over a decade.

Despite efforts from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to extend his contract, Peseiro chose to explore other opportunities, leading to the appointment of former international Finidi George as the new Super Eagles coach.

After his departure, Peseiro was linked with several coaching roles in South Africa and Egypt, but none materialised. Now, it appears he is close to a new assignment in Saudi Arabia.

According to reports, Saudi Pro League club Al Riyadh has entered negotiations with Peseiro to replace their current coach, Odair Hellmann. Spanish coach Javier Pereira is also being considered for the role.

Al Riyadh, who finished 14th last season, are keen on finding a new leader, and Peseiro’s previous experience in Saudi Arabia makes him a strong candidate.

He previously managed Al Hilal in 2006 and later coached the Saudi national team during their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

During his time with the Saudi national team, Peseiro’s record included 12 wins, 12 draws, and 7 losses.