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Updated – VIDEO: Jose Mourinho backs Jose Peseiro to win AFCON for Nigeria

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Maverick football coach, Jose Mourinho has lent his support to Nigeria’s coach, Jose Peseiro to win the Africa Cup of Nations this Sunday night.

 

In a podcast, Mourinho revealed that Peseiro is his best friend in football as they were both students at the same time and graduated at the same time.

 

He also considered that no Portuguese coach has ever won the Afcon. He therefore supports Peseiro to achieve this feat.

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If he does, it will also be the Portuguese’ first ever silverware, a big one for that matter.

Mourinho’s full statement runs thus: “My best friend in football is in the final (AFCON). The Nigerian coach he is my best friend. We grew up with me, we studied together. We went to University on the same day, we spent five years together everyday.

 

“We left at the same time, he is probably my best friend in football and for him a big opportunity to make history because never before has a Portuguese coach won the AFCON.”

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.