Super Eagles striker, Gbolahan Salami is a footballer loved and loathed in equal measure. Often branded as controversial, Salami makes no apologies for the stereotype. “People who say I am controversial don’t know me. I will always fight to defend my family and my team. If that makes me controversial, so be it,” he says. The fearsome attacker sat down with supersport.com to discuss some rather unconventional things about himself.
Who is your best friend in the Super Eagles?
My best friend in the Super Eagles is Godfrey Oboabona.
I love him because he’s humble and a person that is easy to get along with.
At my club (Warri Wolves), I will say it’s Azubuike Egwuekwe.
Your best food?
Rice and beef in any kind of sauce.
What do you listen to in your iPod?
Songs by Olamide. I love his latest hit track, Dogonyaro.
Who is that one female celebrity you would not mind spending a quiet evening with?
That has to be my Wife and I have no plans of looking at the direction of any other lady.
What was the last movie you saw?
Hard to tell, but I usually watch Africa Magic on Multi-Choice whenever I can.
Your favourite colour?
White. No question.
Tell us about your favourite pets?
I don’t keep pets. I am a Muslim.
The most difficult opponent you have ever come up against in your career?
Chinedu Udoji, the Enyimba defender. He’s the best player in the Nigerian league today. He does not make mistakes and he’s extremely strong.
The last game I played for Nigeria against South Africa also tested me a lot.
Who is the best dressed player in the Super Eagles?
And the worst?
Sorry, I cannot tell you that.
Do you remember the best goal you ever scored?
My goal against Heartland in Warri in the Nigerian league this season. It was a special goal even by my own high standards.
My teammate, Oghenekaro Etebo crossed the ball to me and I connected perfectly.
What would you do with $100 million in your bank account?
I’d invest it in a business and ensure my family has a good time.
Who is the best coach you have ever worked with?
Stephen Keshi. He makes you believe you can do things you are not capable of.