Jose Peseiro, currently at the helm of the Nigerian national team, has revealed his interest in coaching the renowned Portuguese club, Benfica.
Despite his coaching history in Portugal, including stints with FC Porto, Braga, Vitoria Guimaraes, and Sporting Lisbon, the Super Eagles’ manager expressed that landing the Benfica role wouldn’t be an easy task.
Acknowledging the challenge, Peseiro shared his ambition but remained cautious about making any explicit move towards the position. In an interview with the Ontem já era tarde podcast, he stated, “Coach Benfica? There is ambition, but I don’t see it as an easy thing to achieve at the moment. I wouldn’t feel right saying something like that.”
Reflecting on his coaching journey and having led four of Portugal’s top clubs, Peseiro admitted that managing Benfica is a dream yet to be clearly defined. While expressing his admiration for the club and its stature, he didn’t position himself directly for the role, recognizing the importance of timing and circumstances in football.
He also commended the president of Benfica, Rui Costa, for handling the club’s affairs adeptly during a period of transition, indicating his respect for the club’s leadership despite his aspirations.