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Peseiro not the right man to lead Super Eagles – Gara-Gombe

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Ahmed Gara-Gombe, the former chairman of Gombe United Football Association, has expressed the opinion that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) made a significant error in appointing Jose Peseiro as the head coach of the Super Eagles.

Peseiro has faced widespread criticism for the team’s poor performance and results since taking charge, notably during the disappointing start to the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with two draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

To secure his position, the Portuguese coach has been given the mandate to win the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. However, Gara-Gombe believes that Peseiro, who previously managed Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, is not adequately qualified to lead the Super Eagles.

According to Gara-Gombe, the decision to hire Peseiro was one of the biggest mistakes in the history of Nigerian football. He highlighted the lack of a distinct pattern or style of play for the team under Peseiro’s management, resulting in struggles to secure victories. Gara-Gombe criticized the team’s current approach, referring to it as a “cut and paste strategy” and a “wobble and fumble strategy.”

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Serie A: Osimhen on target in Napoli’s draw at Cagliari

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Victor Osimhen found the net for the second game in a row as Napoli settled for a 1-1 draw against Cagliari.

Osimhen put Napoli ahead in the 65th minute when Giancomo Raspadori intercepted Tommaso Augello’s pass and delivered a cross to the back post for Osimhen to head home.

This marked the Nigeria international’s eighth goal of the season in the league.

Despite numerous opportunities, Napoli failed to extend their lead, and Zito Luvumbo leveled the score for the home team in added time.

With 37 points from 25 matches, Napoli climbed to ninth place in the standings.

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UCL: Calzona warns Osimhen, others on player selection

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Napoli coach Francesco Calzona has issued a stern warning to Victor Osimhen and his fellow players, emphasizing that he will base his selection for matches solely on performance, without considering their names or reputations.

Taking over from Walter Mazzarri on Monday, Calzona made significant substitutions during Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night, including star forwards Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Despite the Serie A champions securing a draw in the first leg of the Round of 16 contest at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Osimhen was replaced immediately after scoring the equalizer in the 75th minute.

“I keep the players on the field who are performing well, I don’t take into account their names,” Calzona emphasized to Sky Sports Italia after the match.

Calzona further explained that he had not been tempted to keep Osimhen on the field longer after his goal. “No, in fact, I had been prepared to substitute him earlier, but due to tactical considerations, I kept him on for a few more minutes.”

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Ex-Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel confirms exit from Bayern Munich

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Thomas Tuchel has verified his exit from Bayern Munich. The club had previously announced that the German coach would depart at the conclusion of the ongoing season. The decision to part ways was mutual between the club and Tuchel. Confirming the conclusion of his tenure with Bayern, Tuchel informed reporters on Tuesday, “We have agreed to terminate our partnership after the conclusion of this season. Until then, my coaching staff and I will continue to strive for maximum success for FC Bayern.”

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