SPORT Salami tips Warri Wolves for league crown
Warri Wolves forward Gbolahan Salami insists the Seasiders are still favorites to win the Nigeria Professional Football League title at the expense of Enyimba with six games to the end of the season.
Paul Aigbogun’s men are second on the log with 55 points from 32 matches and are only three points behind Kadiri Ikhana’s men who are league leaders with 58 points.
The Super Eagles forward said that the 3-0 bashing of Sunshine Stars on Saturday is a way of sending cool shivers down the spine of other title challengers.
“We in Warri Wolves are not ready to settle for second best. We have our eyes on the league title and even though Enyimba are occupying that position presently we are aware that the remaining league matches are enough to settle things in our favour,” Salami told Goal.
“We came all out against Sunshine Stars because we wanted to prove a point to our rivals and having achieved that, we have our eyes on the league and not even Enyimba and other clubs can stop us.
“They are ahead of us with three points and with 18 points still to be battled for, we are very optimistic that title drought will be a thing of the past in Warri Wolves at the end of this season.”
Salami has 13 goals and he is only two goals behind the duo of Nasarawa United’s Esosa Igbinoba and Tunde Adeniji of Sunshine Stars in the race to win the top scorer’s award. Immediate past Coordinator of the Super Eagles, Emmanuel Danjuma Attah has cautioned Technical Adviser of the senior national team, Sunday Oliseh against having open confrontation with his players.
Attah’s advice is coming on the heels of Oliseh’s recent face off with the substantive captain of the team, Vincent Enyeama when the latter reported late to camp in Belgium ahead of today’s international friendly against Democratic Republic of Congo.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, Attah said Oliseh will be making a big mistake, if he fails to know that first and foremost, he is a manager of players.
He said what the Eagles need is a mature person with the ability to not only coach them on the field but also manage their egos without any problems.
Attah who was Eagles Coordinator for over eight years, said having related closely with the players, he is in a very good position to advise Oliseh that what he needs to succeed with the Eagles is good management skills.
He maintained that once the coach is not able to carefully manage the players on and off the field of play, they will naturally ‘rebel’ and that would lead to his downfall.
“I am not comfortable with the way Oliseh handled his problem with Enyeama. He should have applied more diplomacy.
“Oliseh was captain of the team and enjoyed certain privileges. Enyeama is just recovering from the sudden demise of his mother and deserves better treatment.
“I want to advise Oliseh to avoid such open confrontation with his players. He should be able to manage their egos or else he will pay dearly. I know what I am saying.”
Attah therefore said the NFF should quickly wade into the Oliseh-Enyeama face off to prevent it from degenerating.
Okiki Afolabi of Sunshine and Gift Oke of Heartland duel for the ball during their match in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League.