Eguaveon has maintained a perfect winning run since replacing Gernot last December.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has stated that the interim head coach of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, is not entitled to earn any salary as the team progresses into the round of 16 at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Recall Eguavoen was appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation on a short-term deal after the sack of Gernot Rohr last December. Before his sack, Rohr was the longest serving head coach of the Super Eagles after his appointment in 2016, leading the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt, where the team won bronze. He also qualified the Super Eagles for the play-offs of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
While speaking in an interview with Arise TV, Amaju Pinnick revealed that “Eguavoen is on the payroll of the NFF and he won’t be entitled to salary for the role he is playing as an interim coach of the team.”
“He will be entitled to the winning bonuses as the team progresses at the tournament,” Pinnick said.
Eguavoen won all the group matches at the ongoing AFCON, making him the first coach to do it twice in the history of Nigerian football. He achieved the feat at the 2006 Nations Cup in Egypt, defeating Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Senegal in the group stage.
The team, however, lost to Ivory Coast in the semi-final stage before defeating Senegal to clinch the bronze medal. Eguavoen also won bronze at the 2004 AFCON edition in Tunisia as an assistant coach to Christian Chukwu.