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Why Coach Salisu Yusuf need to be reinstated

By Jamili Uba Adamu

I have read so many articles and write-ups against the decision of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to reinstate Salisu Yusuf, the current assistant coach of Nigeria Super Eagles and the present Kano Pillars chief coach.

It could be recalled, that salisu Yusuf was suspended from his post after being found guilty of accepting “Gifts” from BBC undercover reporter.

Even the BBC stated in the documentary that: “There was no evidence that the cash received by Salisu Yusuf affected any decisions he made in the players selection process.”

I notice that, most of his critics come from the certain part of the country. So, they descend on him with destructive rage.

Their envy of his progress and achievement in the Nigerian national team becloud their reasoning and sense of Judgement. It is only natural that when you are successful you must make enemies.

His achievements and where he comes from are the reasons some disgruntled persons are not happy with his reinstatement to continue with the Nigeria Super Eagles.

All what that can be said about Salisu Yusuf, the fact is that he is one of the most successful indigenous coaches.

He won National Challenge Cup (Now Nigerian F.A Cup) with Lobi Stars in 2005. He also won Nigerian Premier League with title with Kano Pillars in 2010.

He follows the ladder to reach where he is now, he was an assistant to Sampson Siasia in 2009, he also served as assistant to late Stephen Keshi.

In the process, he gathered all the necessary experience, so it won’t come as a surprise when he led Nigeria into fof CHAN, were they lost to Morroco.

What many of his critics failed to realize about his reinstatement back to Super Eagles Job is that he was recommended by NFF technical committee.

As the Football Federation General Secretary, Mr Muhammad Sunusi told Fm on the reason why Salisu Yusuf was reinstated back to the post, he said: “suspension is over and the NFF has harken to the request from the technical department of the Nigerian Football Committee.”

He added that “his reinstatement was, as the result of the belief that the technical department had in him based on his contributions towards the development of football.”

Salisu Yusuf has a very good understanding of Nigerian League having coached many Teams. He discovered so many talents in the league and has sound march reading.

I believe he has all the experience and technical ability to continue with the Super Eagles.

After all, when he was suspended, a chance was given to ‘others’ but they failed woefully.

Jamili Uba Adamu is a Freelance Sports Writer, can be reach via



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