Baxter on Nigerian R350k Bonuses: Money Has Never Been My God
Stuart Baxter says that he and his players don’t need an added financial incentive to beat Nigeria, amid reports that the Super Eagles will be getting $25,000 per goal scored.
Take a look at Bafana in training earlier today in the gallery above
The news came out earlier this week that the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, had promised a big bonus to the Nigerian players in an attempt to spur them on to victory in Johannesburg, with more than R350k being offered per goal.
Okowa is quoted as saying, “For every goal scored by the Super Eagles in Johannesburg on Saturday‚ we pledge a reward of US$25 000. Please, don’t put a limit to the number of goals you score on Saturday; try and score as many as possible.”
Baxter, however, doesn’t see the need for the same sort of tactics for Bafana though, explaining that qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations would be worth more than money.
He told the media, “When I started playing football, and even now, money has never been my god. It’s nice to have, but I don’t feel better rewarded if somebody gives me an extra million. The reward I get is if I see the faces of the people out there are happy, and I see the players proud of themselves. I think the whole of South Africa is going through a tough time, there are big companies who are cutting back, and we also need to cut back. We can’t afford to pay our players that sort of money.
“I don’t think we’ll be better warriors if we get paid an extra $25,000 – maybe Nigeria are – but I can only speak for the South Africans. Money isn’t an issue with us. We want these points.”
Bafana host Nigeria tomorrow afternoon, with a win guaranteeing them a place in Cameroon next year.