Warri Wolves forward Gbolahan Salami got dropped by coach Sunday Oliseh from the list of players to represent Nigeria against Tanzania in next months AFCON qualifiers and a top official has revealed that the problems he has with his international passport caused him to lose concentration and form and got him excluded from the list.
African Football reports that Salami’s international passport was refused release by the Norwegian embassy in Lagos and got the big striker distracted from proceedings in the Super Eagles camp.
“Salami’s mind was not in the training camp. He really wants to move to Norway and the non-release of his passport by the embassy really took his mind away from the training camp. This affected his form and it was why he was dropped,” a top official told African Football.
“He will most likely get his passport and fly out to sign in Norway before the transfer window closes. Thereafter he will be better focused when he is invited again by the Eagles.”
Salami scored in the Super Eagles’ first AFCON qualifier in a 2-0 win over Chad Republic in Kaduna under former coach Stephen Keshi..