NPFL: Kano Pillars Unveil New Boss Salisu Yusuf

Kano Pillars have unveiled new technical adviser Salisu Yusuf at a ceremony in the Kano State Government House attended by the state’s deputy governor Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna and several club officials on Tuesday.

Yusuf was appointed in October for a third stint in Kano, replacing former boss Ibrahim Musa Jugunu who departed the four-time league champions after his contract lapsed at the end of last season.

He led Pillars to the league crown in 2008 and second place in his second stint.

Former Enyimba coach Yusuf led Enugu Rangers to a seventh-place finish in the 2020-21 NPFL season. He will combine his role in Kano with his job as Super Eagles assistant manager having been reinstated to the national team following a one year ban for accepting bribes from an undercover investigative journalist who posed as a player’s agent in 2018.

Speaking at the unveiling, Dr. Gawuna who represented Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed confidence in Yusuf as the man to resurrect the Sai Masu Gida as a potent force on the domestic and continental scenes once more.

“Salisu is highly experienced, having coached the Super Eagles National Team,” Dr. Gawuna remarked.

“We have confidence with him at the helm of affairs, he will return the club to its rightful place in Nigerian and African football.”

Pillars finished in fifth place last season and having achieved a league title and second-place finish in his two previous stints in Kano, Yusuf would hope to continue in that manner and lead the club to their first league crown since 2014.