Why Salisu Yusuf was picked as Keshi’s assistant

The El Kanemi Warriors trainer was chosen based on his wide experience in the domestic scene where he has handled illustrious sides like Enyimba and Kano Pillars

El Kanemi coach Salisu Yusuf will be named assistant coach to Stephen Keshi this week, Goal can authoritatively reveal.

The El Kanemi Warriors trainer will replace Daniel Amokachi, who looks to have fallen out of favour with Keshi due to recent pronouncements following the Super Eagles’ defeat to Uganda in Uyo and the goalless draw with South Africa in Nelspruit.

Keshi and the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation have agreed that Yusuf should join the team as First Assistant Coach because of his wealth of experience on the domestic scene in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Yusuf led Kano Pillars to win the league title before joining Enyimba in 2012. He has been part of the NFF team that has been sent to London to acquire technical skills as well as learn the use of the Prozone technology.

The El Kanemi Warriors tactician was a popular choice because of his pedigree in the local scene, a Goal source claimed.

“Yusuf has coached so many top clubs in Nigeria namely Enyimba, Kano Pillars, El Kanemi Warriors, to mention but a few. He has also had a stint as second assistant coach of the Super Eagles during Samson Siasia’s 11 months tenure as at the time when Dutch coach Simon Kalika was the first assistant coach of the team. So Yusuf is highly qualified to assist Keshi and will definitely help him in scouting for the best legs in the Nigerian league since he is an active coach of the local league,” the source said.

Goal can also reveal that the Nigeria Football Federation will name Keshi’s assistants before the end of this week since camping would start on May 18.