Rejected striker out to prove a point against Bafana

2014-01-19 14:00

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After being dumped by Mamelodi Sundowns in 2011 without getting to kick a ball, Nigerian Gbolahan Salami harbours no ill feelings towards his former side.

But he wants to give Bafana Bafana a hiding this evening.

Salami was signed for about R2.5?million, but was deemed to be surplus to requirements in the star-studded team.

Now back in South Africa for the African Nations Championship (Chan), the 22-year-old is on a two-pronged mission.

Firstly, he wants to help his Nigerian team win the tournament.

Secondly, and most importantly, he wants to prove to Sundowns that he is a good player and that they made a big mistake by terminating his contract.

“I know I am a good player and want to prove that to Sundowns. But I am not bitter at all because only God knows what will happen next in my life,” said Salami, who has one goal to his name so far in the tournament.

Many South Africans would not know the Shooting Stars striker because he hardly played, except in friendly matches, during his stint with the Brazilians.

Now he is back in the country with a vengeance, saying he had a point to prove.

So, Bafana beware! Salami might take out his anger on the national team this evening.

“My focus is on the Nigerian national team and I want us to do well after losing our first game. It was not a good performance, but I am sure we are going to improve as the tournament progresses. We want to go all the way to the final and I am positive we will do well.”

Salami is expected to lead the Super Eagles’ attack against Bafana.

This is a must-win match for Stephen Keshi’s side if they want to qualify for the quarterfinals.

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