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Gero playing for Esteghlal in 2018.
Personal information
Full name Salisu Abdullahi Gero
Date of birth 10 October 1993 (1993-10-10) (age 27)
Place of birth Kano State, Nigeria
Height 1.89 m
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Helsingborgs IF
Number 9
Youth career
2009–2010 El-Kanemi Warriors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Lobi Stars
2012 Kaduna United 14 (0)
2012–2013 Enugu Rangers
2013–2014 Östers IF 36 (9)
2015–2016 Viborg FF 23 (1)
2016–2018 Östersunds FK 55 (6)
2018 Esteghlal 7 (0)
2019 Östersunds FK 13 (1)
2019– Helsingborgs IF 13 (3)
National team
2012–2013 Nigeria U20 15 (6)
2013 Nigeria 1 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 July 2019.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Salisu Abdullahi "Alhaji" Gero (born 10 October 1993), is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Swedish club Helsingborgs IF.

Club career

Early years

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Gero playing his first U21 game for Östers IF against Kalmar FF

Gero started out playing football in the streets of Kano before signing his first professional contract with El-Kanemi Warriors at age sixteen. The next year he moved on to Lobi Stars. During the midseason transfer window in April 2012, Gero moved to Enugu Rangers from Kaduna United and scored instantly on his debut in against Akwa United which helped his team to a valuable 1–1 draw that kept them in touching distance of winning the 2012 Nigeria Premier League.

In August 2013, Gero signed a contract with Östers IF, a team relegated to the Superettan for the 2014 season (the 2nd highest league in Sweden).

In December 2014, Danish club Viborg FF announced that they signed Alhaji on a free transfer. He played 15 matches and scored 1 goal in his first season.

16 January 2016, Viborg FF and Gero agreed to terminate the contract after minimal playing time.

Östersunds

Gero signed with Östersunds FK on 18 January 2016. On 14 September 2017, he scored his first goal in a European competition against Zorya Luhansk.

Esteghlal

On 8 August 2018, Gero signed for Iranian team Esteghlal on a three-year contract. He was given the number 9 shirt, the same jersey number he used to wear at Östersunds FK.

Gero made his debut his debut on 10 August 2018 as a second-half substitute for Voria Ghafouri in a 3–0 League victory against Tractor Sazi. He scored his first goal for the club in Hazfi Cup Round of 16 against Saipa, a penalty in a match that finished 2–2 after 120 minutes but lost the match 1–3 in penalty shoot-out eventually. On 16 December, his contract with Esteghlal was terminated by mutual agreement, having spent only four months with the club and failing to score any goals in the league.

Return to Sweden

On 25 February 2019, Östersunds re-signed Gero. On 9 July 2019, however, he signed a two-year contract with recently promoted club Helsingborgs IF.

International career

Gero made his debut for the Nigeria national under-20 team at the 8 nation tournament in South Africa. He scored two goals on his competitive debut for the U20 team in their 2–1 away win against Tanzania at the 2013 African U-20 Championship qualification. He scored again on the return leg of the same fixture which Nigeria has now won 4–1 on aggregate. Gero also played for the U20 team in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

At the same year 2013, he was called up for the Nigeria national team squad that played against the Ivory Coast national team for the 2014 African Nations Championship qualification.

Personal life

Gero's younger brother Ahmad is also a professional football player.

Career Statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Östers 2013 Allsvenskan 10 1 1 0 11 1
2014 Superettan 26 8 4 0 2 0 32 8
Total 36 9 5 0 2 0 43 9
Viborg 2014–15 Danish 1st Division 15 1 0 0 15 1
2015–16 Danish Superliga 8 0 2 2 10 2
Total 23 1 2 2 25 3
Östersund 2016 Allsvenskan 22 3 4 2 26 5
2017 24 2 5 1 11 2 40 5
2018 9 1 2 1 1 0 12 2
2019 13 1 0 0 13 1
Total 68 7 11 4 12 2 91 13
Esteghlal 2018–19 Persian Gulf Pro League 7 0 2 1 1 0 10 1
Helsingborgs 2019 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 133 17 20 7 13 2 2 0 168 26

1 Includes Europa League and AFC Champions League matches.
2 Includes appearance(s) in Superettan Relegation play-offs.

Honours

Club

Viborg
  • Danish 1st Division: 2014–15
Östersunds
  • Svenska Cupen: 2016–17
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