The Nigeria Football Federation has revealed that Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, currently ranks among the highest-paid coaches in Africa and the financial burden is taking a toll on the NFF.
Peseiro, 63, is on $70.000 monthly salary, and earns higher than Walid Regragui, the coach who made history for Africa by leading Morocco to the semifinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Moroccoan football records show that Regragui earns 60,000 USD monthly. Only Egypt national team coach Rui Victoria, on 200,000 USD monthly, and the Tunisian Coach, Jalel Kadri, reportedly earns more than Peseiro.
“The fat salary of the coach who was hired as a replacement for Austin Eguavoen who was relieved of the job following the inability of the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, is a heavy burden on the Federation and we are concerned over his performance since he took over,” a chieftain of the NFF told Complete Sports.
“The NFF made enquires about what other federations pay their respective national team coaches and it was discovered that only a couple of national team coaches in Africa earn more salaries than our own Peseiro. How the Portuguese coach was contracted with too many privileges is disturbing and we may have to revisit the contract.
Peseiro has already led the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations slated for Cote D’Ivoire in January 2024 with a match to spare. However the team’s performance fell short of the expectations of football loving Nigerians.
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“We may have to sit down with Peseiro and talk over the salary issues after our last AFCON qualifying match against Sao Tome and Principe in September. We may also look at other options ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in November.”