Finidi happy with my salary, vows to qualify for 2026 World Cup

Super Eagles gaffer, Finidi George has dismissed insinuation that the salary the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offered him is not good enough.

Speaking during his official presentation as the 41st Super Eagles head coach at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Monday morning, Finidi dismissed such notion and worries over his contractual agreement compared to what his predecessor was getting.

“I know money is good, but I think if you add value to what you are doing, the money definitely will come. So, I am not quite worried about what the former coach was getting.

“What am getting is good for me at the moment, and the moment I add value to what I am going to do, I think the money will come. 

“It’s going to be that the Hon. Minister and NFF will call me and say coach, how much do you want?” Finidi stated.

” For me, it’s all about work , work, and add value. So long as the team is going to win, money is going to come definitely”

The former Ajax winger added that “my first target is to make sure that we are in line to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup by winning the upcoming two matches against South Africa and Benin Republic” as he signed the dotted lines in the short ceremony.

“The 2025 AFCON qualifiers will soon start and we must also be prepared for those as well. I know what the NFF wants as it is boldly written in the contract, and I will work very hard to add value to the team and put myself in the position to earn even more than I will be earning from the take-off.”

On relationship with the players, Finidi said: “I have always had a cordial relationship with all the players as an assistant coach.

“I am still the same person even as head coach now, only that the title has changed. There will be no controversy regarding relationships with the players. These are professional players and we have to give them what they’re used to in Europe; you don’t need to slap anyone to get him to do the right thing.

“I will try my best to ensure the team starts functioning properly and we start winning games again. There is no pressure on me; I have tough skin. I just want to call for your support. I know this is not an easy job, but with the support of everyone, we can achieve our objectives.”

He added that only players that are playing regularly for their clubs will get invitation to Super Eagles henceforth.