The former Al Ahly boss saw his Nigeria team struggle in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Sierra Leone. Will he learn his lessons when Super Eagles take on Sao Tome and Principe?

On Thursday evening the fans were given their first preview of the Peseiro pattern. Put nicely, the showing was proof that lessons need to be learnt quickly.

Excitement had been building ahead of this game with plenty of intrigue surrounding the team selection. As the line-up was announced it was difficult to tell whether this was Peseiro’s lineup or an experimental XI designed to assess his players.

If that was his preferred starting lineup, it seems adjustments have to be made. For a start the selection of two midfielders in the starting lineup made little sense with Joe Aribo out of position and Alex Iwobi too deep.

It wasn’t as if other options for these positions were unavailable but the gaffer just decided to play the pattern which often exposed the back four.

Not only this but Cyriel Dessers could count himself unlucky not to be handed a starting berth, which ultimately proved to be the wrong call as Umar Sadiq struggled in a 4-2-4 system.

We can’t be entirely critical of Peseiro however as certain players showed they deserved their call ups, none more so than Moses Simon. The Nantes man has received much hype this summer but backed it up with an assured display. Alex Iwobi is another able to head into the Sao Tome and Principe game with brimming confidence after a sweet performance as attacking midfielder.

Ahead of The Sao Tome and Principe game it looks like the strongest team available to Pearce may be: GK Uzoho, RB Aina, CB Omeruo, CB Ajayi, LB Bassey, DM Etebo, CM Aribo, AM Iwobi, RW Dennis, ST Osimhen, LW Simon.

Whether Peseiro will have learnt his lesson, it remains to be seen. If Eagles continue with performances like last night, Peseiro may not last on the job.


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