The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has commenced investigations on the bribery scandal involving Super Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf.
In a video broadcast by BBC Africa Eye on Tuesday, Yusuf was caught on camera allegedly taking bribe from men posing as football agents to influence his squad selection for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Yusuf led the home-based Super Eagles to CHAN last February in Morocco, where they finished as runners-up to the hosts.
But the footage was said to be captured in September 2017 by controversial journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who claimed to have offered Yusuf $1000 (N360,000) to pick two players for the championship.
The 56-year-old coach has however denied the allegation, insisting that he did not promise or commit to selecting any player for the competition, also clarifying that he received $750 not the $1000 claimed in the report – an amount he says falls within the gifts FIFA code allows.
Having been mute for a long time due to the crisis currently rocking the football house, the NFF finally broke their silence on Friday evening.
Via its Twitter handle, the football house wrote that it has “noted some media reports arising from a BBC documentary” involving the coach.
It went on to quote NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, as saying: “For now, the NFF has commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay.”
If Yusuf is found guilty of the allegation, he may also face the wraths of CAF and FIFA.
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