Stuart Baxter, coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2013/14 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 5 November 2013 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Ahead of his side’s make or mar clash against the Super Eagles Nigeria, South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter has said that they are already motivated enough to beat Nigeria and do not need monetary rewards, reports.
Baxter, who was replying to question concerning the $25,000 promised to Nigeria for every goal scored by the Governor of Delta State, posited that he’s just focused on getting the maximum points to ensure they qualify.
“When I started playing football and even now, money has not been my god‚” the Baxter said ahead of his team’s final training session at FNB on Friday morning.
“It’s nice to have and it’s the reward that you feel. But I don’t feel better rewarded if someone gives me an extra million.
“The reward I get is that I see the faces 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 that are cutting back.
“And we also need to cut back. We can’t pay our players that sort of money. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I think that is us reflecting what’s happening in South Africa. Buckle your belt a bit put your flak jacket on and go to war.
“I don’t think we’ll be better warriors if we get paid an extra 25‚000 grand. Maybe Nigeria are. I don’t know. I can only speak for the South Africans. Money’s not an issue with us, we want these points,” Baxter concluded.