Siasia laments poor pay, treatment of local coaches

Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Samson Siasia, has lamented the disparity between local and foreign coaches, saying the Nigeria Football Federation favoured the white coaches ahead of their Nigerian counterparts.

Siasia made this assertion during a podcast with ex-international Emmanuel Babayaro and journalist Matthew Edafe on Saturday.

The NFF is currently in search of a new coach for the Eagles following the exit of Portuguese Jose Peseiro, who guided the team to a second-place finish at the AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast.

“They didn’t give me Super Eagles from the beginning and give me four years.

“They didn’t give Nigeria people four years, you lose one match, they fire you. That’s the truth. The white people will come, you give them more time, you pay them more money.”

Buttressing Babayaro’s point that a white coach once got better pay and was sent on a coaching course by the NFF after losing a game, Siasia added, “And we (local coaches), they won’t send us anywhere and they want us to be better.

“They will pay the white man $50,000 monthly, and pay local hires N1m. From the N1m, the coaching staff will also take inside, and you also have to feed your family.”

He, however, claimed that among all the national teams in Nigeria, the senior men’s team was the easiest to coach, saying the coaches often enjoyed more benefits from the NFF.


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