Salisu Yusuf May Lead Super Eagles in 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Salisu Yusuf
Salisu Yusuf

After two impressive results which saw the team beat Mali 1-0 and Luxembourg 3-1 in two international friendlies, got the scoop from a reliable source in the Nigeria Football Federation that the football house have almost concluded plans to allow interim Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf to lead the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Russia.

With the NFF yet to name a permanent coach that would take over from the present interim manager of the team ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, tongues have been wagging on the need for them to extend an olive branch to the former El Kanemi Warriors F.C. coach.

It was further gathered that the decision to appoint a permanent coach for the senior national team may soon be announced but that the idea of a foreign coach may not see the light of the day.

Super Eagles line up against Mali
Super Eagles Line up in Mali also gathered that the dwindling financial base of the football house, coupled with the glaring fact that the Federal Government may not be favorably disposed to the venture, may have forced a change of plans.

Having worked under Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh and Samson Siasia, it is believed that the experience gained would help propel Coach Yusuf to greater heights as coach of the senior national team.

The “big wings” in the NFF are still coy on putting their faith in the former Kano Pillars and Enyimba F.C. coach, who has shown some elements of tactical and technical brilliance during the two matches he has handled.

Apart from the improvement in terms of FIFA rankings, the NFF are pleased with the performance of the younger players assembled by the coach and his determination to achieve success.