SPORT Salami tips Warri Wolves for league crown

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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.

PHOTO LMC

Okiki Afo­labi of Sun­shine and Gift Oke of Heart­land duel for the ball dur­ing their match in the on­go­ing Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Football League.

Sun­day Oliseh

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