The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has placed a one–year ban from all football-related activities on Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Salisu Yusuf and fined him $5,000 (4,300 euros) for receiving cash from undercover journalists posing as agents.
As contained in a statement on the 5th of September, the committee delivered its judgement after considering complaints against Yussuf and the coach’s defence of a video documentary in which he was seen accepting $1,000 bribe from an undercover reporter, Ghanaian Aremeyaw Anas, posing as a player’s agent.
“He is hereby banned for the period of one year, from partaking or involvement or participation in any football-related activity, effective from the date of this decision. He is also fined the sum of $5,000 to be paid within three months of the date of this decision. Yussuf ought to have conducted himself more professionally… as his conduct in public and in secret should be exemplary, since coaches are role models”.
The coach denied any wrongdoing, as he still has the option to appeal, he claims that the sum was $750, not $1,000, and was a “gift of trivial and symbolic value” accepted within NFF and FIFA guidelines.
Yusuf, who previously coached Enyimba and Kano Pillars, helped senior men’s team coach Gernot Rohr steer the Super Eagles to this year’s World Cup in Russia.