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Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf wants positive football

Posted: 7 January 2011 Time: 15:20

New Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf says the goal of the new coaching team is to bring back positive football to the senior national team. 

Salisu was last month named along with Ike Shorunmu to join Simon Kalika as Samson Siasia's assistants and says the team know where they want to go.

"We want to play football the Nigerian way, positive way," he told KickOffNigeria.com. "If you see the way we play at Kano Pillars, it's easy to see what I mean. Our style is positive football, ball on the ground and fast."

Salisu said a lot of that style is the result of working with Siasia at youth level in 2009.

"We were together at the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt and I learnt a lot from Siasia and (Simon) Kalika.

"Some of their training methods, passing game, movement on and off the ball and the style of play is what I brought back to Kano Pillars and I think everyone can see that we are one of the teams who play good football in the Nigerian League."

Although this will be Yusuf's first experience at senior international level, he is confident that that spell with Siasia at the Under-20 level will come in handy.

"I have worked with him before and I can tell you that he is a very open-minded coach who shares everything with his colleagues."

And Salisu is confident that players from the domestic league will have a part to play in the new set-up.

"For now, I cannot say whether one, two three or six home-based players will make it or not until we have worked with them and they have competed against the foreign-based players.

"All I can say is that they will have all the opportunity they want, and if they don’t take it, they will have no one but themselves to blame."

Salisu won two FA Cup titles with El Kanemi Warriors under Sebastian Brodericks and Shuaibu Amodu in 1991 and 1992, and says the current generation must learn to develop a winning mentality.

"It is not enough to just go on the pitch and play football. You have to play for something. Whether that something is a win, a Cup or just pride." 

Previous comments on this story...

hari don pota
posted: 04:57 pm
its bin long we da fans eva witnessed our team play such futbal.....ds days wen we watch da super eagles play..we are so scared even if dey are leadin by 5-nil wit 2mins to go cos dey are so unpredictable
Blessed Love
posted: 05:35 pm
hnnn...........Salisu again? Hope you wont be another Buhari, plz dont collect bribe from home based eagles ooooooooooooo......Wish you the best
Abu asmau
posted: 06:44 pm
there is always a room for better result i hope and pray you guys will work together as family give the country the best team like that of USA 94 also you guys will not do same mistake that you did in U20 world cup in Cairo please i know as friend and coleague a gentle man and hardworking coach as you had show with pillars tk kia
Abu asmau
posted: 07:00 pm
there is always a room for better result i hope and pray you guys will work together as family give the country the best team like that of USA 94 also you guys will not do same mistake that you did in U20 world cup in Cairo please i know as friend and coleague a gentle man and hardworking coach as you had show with pillars tk kia
onezone
posted: 08:45 pm
Mr Salisu,every new coach will say the same thing,we don hear that one tire abeg no be new thing.we want to see result on the pitch and not through the media.go on the pitch and let see the boys...lolz sorry o the men delivering good result.
onezone
posted: 08:46 pm
Mr Salisu,every new coach will say the same thing,we don hear that one tire abeg no be new thing.we want to see result on the pitch and not through the media.go on the pitch and let see the boys...lolz sorry o the men delivering good result.
Anonymous
posted: 09:15 pm
Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia will be in London on January 7 to see players of the national team plying their trade in the English Premier League like Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi, Victor Obinna Nsofor, Dickson Etuhu, Osaze Odemwingie.

Siasia who has been holidaying with his family in the United States of America,Complete Sports’ source hinted will be in London for a day and will depart the United Kingdom for Nigeria on the night of January 8 and arrive Nigeria on the morning of Sunday, January 9.
“Siasia has concluded plans to arrive London on Friday January 7.

“You know he could not see the England-based Eagles players in December due to the harsh weather which prevented English Premier League games to be played then.

“The coast is now clear for him to meet with some of the players he hopes to work with during the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers,” the competent Complete Sports’ source hinted.

Siasia intends using his trip to London to discuss his plans and vision with his players and liase with their club coaches on a good working relationship viz-a-viz invitation of players to national assignments.

The 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on March 27 against Ethiopia tops the list of agenda for Siasia’s visit to London.

Meanwhile, the home-based Super Eagles side expected to represent Nigeria at the Green Boel Tournament (The Obama Cup) between February 12 and 20th, 2011 will commence camping on January 10.
panel
posted: 10:39 pm
Well that positive football is what we the fans has been waiting for,pray things works out as u said.
@ sarah,is there any match siasia is going to london to watch them play on 7th or just to meet them?
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 pm
He is going to visit our players in England because i no that there is no match on 7th.I dont really understand SIASIA at the moment till he played friendly matches and i will see his invited players
Anonymous
posted: 11:36 pm
We are still searching for creative mild field Because i no will have two strong defensive mild fielder ETUHU and MIKEL/. LUKMAN is only creative mild Field will have at the moment;
Game147
posted: 03:12 pm
So Mikel Obi have become a good defensive midfielder ? Onu kwuru njo ga ekwu mma ( the mouth that condemns will eventually praise) !
panel
posted: 04:08 pm
@ sarah,tnx a lot,but there matches in england but not premiership,they have Fa cup matches today.

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