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."