Salisu Yusuf, head coach of the Super Eagles, Nigeria’s national team, has been indicted in a rave of bribery scandal which hit several top football officials in Africa.
Yusuf the Super Eagles Team B to a second-place finish in the last African Nations Championship, CHAN 2018.
He was recorded on video receiving ‘cash to influence player selection’ from undercover journalists who posed as football agents.
The undercover agents are members of undercover Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremayaw, who is exposing the eaten-deep corruption in African football.
Anas’ footages have indicted top football officials in the continent; most notably is Kwesi Nyantakyi, former Ghana Football Association, GFA boss and CAF Executive Committee member who was forced to resign due to the revelation.
A Gambian referee, alongside a veteran Kenyan colleague were dropped from the list of officiators in the last World Cup following their indictment in the same Anas’ video.
In the September 2017 video, Yusuf, who is touted to be one of Nigeria’s top indigenous collected the sum of NGN360, 000 ($1000) from the ‘agents’ for the inclusion of some unnamed players in his CHAN squad.
The coach received the cash with promise of a further 15% share in the future contracts of the players with any club that came for them by virtue of their addition and subsequent performance in the tournament.
Yusuf gave assurance that the players would be part of his squad to the tournament.
The two players were eventually listed and taken to CHAN 2018
FIFA and NFF ethics forbid football officials from receiving cash under guise or suspicion of questionable motives.
The World football governing body frowns on situations where respectable officials get involved in cash/gift for favour offer of any sort.
A former FIFA Executive Committee member, Amos Adamu, was sanctioned and banished from the body in 2010, after a video of him soliciting for NGN120M ($800, 000) ‘bribe for vote’ for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with undercover British journalists was released to the public; Adamu denied any wrongdoing.
In a response, Yusuf denied any wrongdoing whatsoever and insists that the money did not influence his selection of the two players.
He also denies collecting $1000, saying he only received $750.
He is believed to be paid around the sum of NGN3m a month as coach of the Nigerian team.