I don’t have an issue with opinions on the Anas case, it will be there on Salisu forever. A few days ago on a Sports WhatsApp platform, I said that; Salisu needs to come out & speak about the incident. Push out his narratives & balance the mess.
The fact remains that, Nigeria’s most successful CHAN team was achieved by Salisu in 2018.
Before Keshi, Nigeria failed to make it to the CHAN tournament twice.
Keshi came, qualified, and finished the tournament in SA with Bronze.
Oliseh came and failed to progress beyond the group stage in 2016.
Salisu stepped up, finished second in WAFU, and achieved Silver in Morocco, Nigeria’s biggest achievement in CHAN history.
Imama took over and he could not qualify at home in Lagos.
On the strength of success and proven history with the team, Salisu deserves the CHAN job.
Salisu left and we had a crew that had Imama, Boboye, and Fidelis and they couldn’t make it to the tournament.
The Anas’ video case was also exaggerated, he got suspended because he accepted a gift which FIFA frowned at for National Team’s officials.
The video clearly stated that Salisu told Anas people that the players were already in his plan. We also know Ali, Okoro and the two other players that were mentioned are Salisu’s first-team players, close & open your eyes, the 4 players would make Salisu’s 23-man squad for CHAN.
Unfortunately, Salisu accepted a gift thinking one of the people in the meeting was his friend. This is what the full video revealed to the NFF Ethics Committee. A certain guy was in the meeting who was Salisu’s friend & the gift came from him.
He was ‘stupid’ to accept the gift
Was it a sin against FIFA ethics? Yes.
Was he sanctioned? Yes.
After his sanction, is he free to go back to coaching? Yes.
Before you all attack me, I took the Salisu case upon myself and ensured he was sanctioned.
After serving his sanction, he is free to earn his freedom and go back to coaching.
He got back to coaching with Rangers and he is now with Kano Pillars.
Salisu was with Rohr? Yes.
When he was in the team with Rohr, we qualified for AFCON and World Cup. Till Rohr left, he kept saying, he missed Salisu, it was obvious Rohr was missing an assistant that has an impact on his success in three years.
Salisu as Super Eagles interim coach did well in the friendly games, before Rohr came.
Based on success and experience with the CHAN team and qualifiers just a few months away, Salisu deserves his role as the head coach of the CHAN/U23 team. It could also mean the last opportunity for him, success or failure will determine how long he will stay on the job.