- NFF set to commence investigation over bribery allegation involving Super Eagles head coach for collecting money
- The ex-Kano Pillars coach was caught collecting bribe from Ghana’s undercover journalist
- Coach Salisu Yusuf led Nigeria's CHAN Eagles to the finals of WAFU Cup in Ghana and CHAN Championship in Morocco
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have finally reacted to the recent bribery allegation involving Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf.
The football tactician who acts as assistant to Nigeria’s Franco-German manager Gernot Rohr in the senior national team set-up was caught on camera collecting a bribe from Ghana’s undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who was acting as a football agent at the time.
According to the video published by the BBC, it was part of a documentary meant to expose similar incidents across the African continent.
However, after playing dumb initially, eggheads of the Glasshouse of Friday revealed that the football authorities will carry out a probe to into the issue in the coming days
“For now, the NFF has commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay,” a statement from NFF’s director of communications Ademola Olajire read in part.
Interestingly, the under fire former El-Kanemi coach has repeatedly denied his involvement despite being caught on camera collecting cash from the ‘agent’.
At the moment, the coach who is currently undergoing treatment at a London facility insists he never requested for the said money and did not assure the ‘agent’ he will name the players in his squad as a result of the cash he received from him.
He stressed that the said players were only chosen on merit and their consistency during training sessions.
“There is nothing in the allegation pointing to a demand for the money from the agents of the two principals. Rather, the agent only handed the money to me after expressing ‘hope’ that the principals would play in the Championship.
“Be that as it may, I did accept cash handed to me by one of the said football agents, which I later discovered, upon checking, to be $750 and not $1000. Nonetheless, my understanding of the FIFA and NFF Codes of Ethics, particularly Sections 20 of the said codes, is that, gifts of any kind could be accepted by persons bound by the codes which are: of symbolic or trivial value; exclude any influence for the execution or omission on an act that is related to one’s official activities or fall within one’s discretion; are not contrary to one’s duties; do not create any undue pecuniary or other advantage and do not create a conflict of interest,” the coach submitted.
Already, a similar scenario played out in Ghana which led to the sack of the country’s Football Federation after its chairman was also caught on camera receiving thousands of dollar bills.
The incident also claimed one referee in the process.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Nigeria head coach Salisu Yusuf was caught on camera collecting money from an undercover journalist posing as football agents to select two of their players for the 2018 African Nations Championship which was staged in Morocco earlier this year.
Nigeria got to the final of the championship for the first time at the 5th edition of the tournament but lost 4-1 to the host nation and settle down for bronze medal.
They were bundled out of the 2016 edition at the group stage under former coach Sunday Oliseh in Rwanda following failure to build on their 4-1 win in the opening group game two years ago.
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