Austin Eguavoen, an ex Super Eagles player and coach, has revealed in an interview with Tana Aiyejin of Punchng, that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), is yet to pay him his outstanding wages.
Eguavoen was making comments concerning why Nigerian athletes do not have the country at heart when they represent the country. He puts it simply as lack of motivation.
The former coach said, “People have been talking of coaches being owed here and there. I’m also being owed, not by (Pinnick) Amaju’s board but by the past administration. But it’s still the Nigeria Football Federation.”
“I have called Amaju several times, I have called Musa Amadu and he apologised, I have called everybody but nobody has said anything about it.”
“So, I’m not going to cry over it. Who would blame any Nigerian athlete who doesn’t give his best to the country? When you get hurt, you will be left to your fate.”
Currently, the NFF are seeking to appoint a new Super Eagles coach to manage the team to success. Many candidates have reportedly lined up for the job.
However, the Nigeria football body seems to have its eyes set on getting the service of Frenchman, Paul Le Guen.
Austin Eguavoen and Samson Siasia
Concerning why he did not apply for the job, Eguavoen said, “For the Eagles job, I don’t think I want it right now because I’m trying to leave the country so that I can improve myself.”
“If you count the first three coaches in this country today, I’m among the knowledgeable ones and I know that. But why I’m not being called to the national team is what I don’t know.”
“A coach is as good as his last game, so if I’m employed today, you will raise eyebrows and ask questions. So, not until I put my house in order first, and I come back bigger, leave me out of the Eagles job, he added.