An official from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Nse Essien, recently disclosed the financial challenge hindering the possibility of dismissing Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro. Essien mentioned the unavailability of funds to cover Peseiro’s compensatory fees should they opt to relieve him of his duties amidst mounting pressure.

The Portuguese coach has faced increasing scrutiny following consecutive draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the Group C World Cup qualifiers, jeopardizing Nigeria’s path to the 2026 World Cup.

During the recent match against Zimbabwe, Walter Musona’s free-kick goal put Zimbabwe in the lead, answered by Kelechi Iheanacho’s equalizer for Nigeria in the second half.

Essien, addressing post-match inquiries, acknowledged the widespread clamor for Peseiro’s removal but highlighted the NFF’s financial constraints, stating, “Regrettably, if we had the necessary funds for compensation, we might consider a change. Our dissatisfaction is clear.”

He further emphasized the pressing situation: “The demand for the coach’s dismissal is widespread. It’s disheartening that out of a potential six points, we’ve secured only two. Our position is exceedingly delicate.”