Star quality can be a wonderful weapon. Not everyone can adjust to the demands of celebs status. Sports, entertainment, politics are all sphere of life that brings the best and worst out of its celebrities in achingly public ways.
One man who has used his fame to change the face of Nigerian football by giving Nigeria a voice in both CAF and FIFA is Amaju Pinnick. The NFF President's footballing fame means that when he talks, people should listen. And that is significant in an era when he has been forced to confront an unprecedented invasion of the evil of bribery and corruption involving one of his long lists of recycled coaches.
But his failure to steer clear of favoritism, and be forthright in attacking negative decisions and influences whenever his fame provides the passport to address issues like Salisu Yusuf reinstatement laid credence to the fact that Pinnick prefer to score a political goal rather than rid the federation of bad eggs. Was he under pressure from northern state FA chairmen?
Following a release from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that former Super Eagles assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf will formally be reinstated to his role as Rohr's first assistant coach on November 1, tongues have been wagging over NFF decision to reinstate the coach who was banned for alleged bribery.
Salisu was seen in a video filmed for BBC African Eye Ghanaian undercover reporter, Anas Aremayaw, where he collected dollars to select certain players in his squad. The former Enyimba gaffer was also promised 15 percent of the players’ contracts if signed by a foreign club.
He pleaded not guilty to the allegation but was slammed with a year ban by NFF with a fine of $5,000. Salisu's punishment was questioned by critics who wondered why the coach case was treated with kids gloves compared to Samson Siasia who was initially banned for life by FIFA before it was reduced to five years.
Salisu was expected to bag a life ban considering the weight of the offense committed by the coach, as outlined in the NFF's Integrity Guidelines and FIFA Ethics Code.
Instead, he was banned for a year and fined $5000 with no records to prove that Salihu paid the fine. The big question is: what makes Salisu's case different from Siasia's?
Salisu should have been allowed to stage his gradual comeback through club football, rather than push him back to Super Eagles right away.
The Negative Impact of Salisu Reinstatement
1. His Return Will Affect Team Opium
While there is no gainsaying that he is one of the best in the land when it comes to studying match footage and live games, legacies should always surpass negativity irrespective of who is involved. Salisu was not exonerated from all accusations, he should therefore be allowed to learn his lessons to serve as a deterrent to other coaches.
Once you have someone who was once involved in match-fixing or bribery as one of the decision-makers in the national team, then it is extremely difficult for anyone to trust their sense of judgment in team selection.
2. Little Or No Tactical Inputs
Three odd years of Salisu Abubakar's life were spent outside football, which means football has left him for three years since he was not engaged in any coaching course abroad. What is he bringing to the team when the game itself has witnessed new development over the years?
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