Why Nigeria boss won't receive salary

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Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has revealed why national team boss Augustine Eguavoen will not receive a salary for his work at the Africa Cup of Nations. 

The Super Eagles advanced comfortably to the tournament's round of 16 after three wins from three matches during the group stage, becoming the only team with a 100% win record in the competition so far. 

Interim coach Eguavoen has received a lot of plaudits for his work at the team's helm after he replaced Gernot Rohr back in December 2021, while there have also been suggestions that he could get the job on a permanent basis. 

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NFF chief Pinnick has now revealed that Eguavoen will not be paid a salary for his role at the African showpiece due to his position as technical director of the organisation. 

"Eguavoen is on the payroll of the NFF and he won't be entitled to a salary for the role he is playing as an interim coach of the team," he said on Arise TV. 

"He will be entitled to the winning bonuses as the team progresses at the tournament."

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Eguavoen is reportedly set to hand over the managerial reins to incoming manager Jose Peseiro after the tournament, but according to ESPN, the NFF is now willing to appoint the interim boss on a full-time basis.

"We will have to leave him there unless he doesn't want the job," an NFF official said.  

"What we are even thinking of right now is to give Eguavoen the two jobs. The national team plays about 10 matches a year, so during those times when they are not playing, he can carry on with his other responsibilities. 

"Coaching is very touch and go. Right now, he has a stable job being technical director, where he gets paid by FIFA. To leave that for being a coach, where things can change any moment and he can get fired, would be very risky. 

"That is why we want him to keep the two positions. So, whatever happens, he has shown that he can excel in both and if anything happens with the coaching, he can go back to just being technical director."

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