The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has suspended Super Eagles Coach, Salisu Yusuf, who was filmed by Ghanaian undercover reporter receiving money from two players’ agents for one year and fined him of $5,000 after he was found guilty of the offense. In a report submitted to the NFF after Salisu Yusuf was invited to state his own side of matter, the NFF ethics and fair committee headed by Nuhu Ribadu, said it established from the admission of Yusuf and also found as a fact from the documentary and video evidence before it, that he accepted the cash gift of $1,000 offered by Tigers Player’s Agency, an undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, for their inclusion in the list of players for 2018 CHAN Competition in Morocco.
The Committee added that it found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the part of Coach Salisu Yusuf but a conscious and deliberate decision to have accepted the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player agent/undercover reporter, even though the evidence before the Committee did not establish that his conduct influenced the choice of the two players.
Salisu who was grilled after returning to the country from the UK where he went for a hip surgery, was confronted with the glaring details of his complicity in the matter as recorded by the Ghanaian journalist.
BBC published a footage showing the home-based Eagles and Nigeria Olympic team coach allegedly receiving cash (about $1,000) from Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas to aid the players’ selection to the national team
Salisu who has been Gernot Rohr’s assistant since 2016, led the Super Eagles to a second place finish at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana and as well as at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco in February. He was also at the World Cup in Russia, where he was one of the assistants to Rohr.