The players pushed me to accept NFF pay cut – Super Eagles coach, Peseiro

Jose Peseiro has revealed that Super Eagles players pushed him to accept a reduction in salary from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The Portuguese coach agreed to a pay cut this summer so that he could remain in charge of the Nigerian national football team. The 63-year-old told Skysports that his players begged him to stay so they can win the tournament.

Peseiro said; “The players pushed me to stay because they believe we can win (the AFCON) We can win it. The players know it. They come with the same energy, the same belief, to fight for the Super Eagles.”

He will lead the Super Eagles to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire in January, 2023. Peseiro took charge of the Super Eagles in May 2022.

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It was reported in August that NFF handed the Super Eagles coach a three-day ultimatum to accept a pay cut and renew his contract.

Chairman of NFF technical committee, Sheriff Rabiu Inuwa hinted that the federation intended to appoint a caretaker coach to take charge of Super Eagles’ 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe if Peseiro refused to respond to their request.

The 63-year-old former Venezuela and Saudi Arabia coach was initially not willing to accept a reduction on his $70,000 salary.