“The truth is that I hate deceit and I don’t want anybody to deceive me.
Warri Wolves and home-based Eagles striker, Gbolahan Salami, has offered some sort of explanation on why he is referred to as Nigerian Balotelli, after the talented Italian forward who is notorious for his antics on and off the field.
The in-form striker that has so far netted five goals for his team this season said that his insistence on respect for his rights especially what is due to him financially is majorly responsible for him being called Nigerian Balotelli.
He said he is not a ‘bad boy.’
Salami who made a switch to Wolves from Shooting Stars after an impressive outing at the African Nations Championships in South Africa said he will continually fight for his dues as he is in football not just for fame but to also make money.
“I am not really a bad boy but I know why they call me Nigerian Balotelli. If I agree with a team to give me a particular amount, I expect that team to honour their own side of the bargain why I do my own on the field of play.
“The truth is that I hate deceit and I don’t want anybody to deceive me. In Nigeria, once you demand for your right, they tag you Balotelli and if they call me that name because I demand for my right, so be it.”
Salami also described Warri Wolves as the best team in Nigeria.
He said the atmosphere in Wolves is conducive for one to play good football which is why he has fit in within a short time.
“I like Warri Wolves and I cannot hide it. I have featured for many teams in this country but you cannot compare them with Warri Wolves.
“Here, they don’t gossip, they don’t begrudge you. They allow you to have rest of mind and with that, one can play good football.”
Also speaking on the team, Salami revealed that the fans have been fantastic to him and are the best in the country.
“When you see what they are doing, the way they support you, all you’ll want to do is to play for them and God help me, I will do my best for the team,” Salami promised.