AFCON 2021: “Eguavoen only entitled to match bonuses, won’t earn salary”

Valentine Adegbola
By Valentine Adegbola
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Augustine Eguavoen, the interim coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, would be eligible for incentives only if the Super Eagles advance to the knockout stage of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations competition in Cameroon.

Augustine Eguavoen coaching Nigeria in Afcon 2021
Augustine Eguavoen

AFCON2021: “Eguavoen only entitled to match bonuses, won’t earn salary” – NFF

In December, the Nigeria Football Federation fired head coach Gernot Rohr and replaced him with Eguavoen, who was appointed on a short-term contract.

Having taken over as manager in August 2016, Rohr was the longest-serving manager in the country’s history. However, his contract was terminated after he guided the Eagles to the 2022 World Cup qualification play-offs and a place at the Nations Cup in Cameroon.

As a result of his efforts, Nigeria won the 2018 World Cup and finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt under the Franco-German manager.

After the Nigeria Football Federation fired Gernot Rohr in December, Eguavoen was hired to a short-term contract to replace him.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick recently claimed on Arise TV that “Eguavoen is on the payroll of the NFF and he will not be entitled to remuneration for the position he is playing as an interim coach of the team.”

“As the squad continues through the competition, he will be eligible to receive the winning bonuses.”

Eguavoen has won all three of Nigeria’s group stage matches at the ongoing AFCON, making him the only coach in the country’s history to accomplish it twice in the same tournament.

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