Super Eagles head coach, Salisu 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).
The footage was said to be captured in September 2017 by controversial journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who was also the man behind the scandal that rocked the Ghanian Football Federation that led to the resignation of president Kwasi Nyantakyi.
Yusuf led the home-based Super Eagles to CHAN last February in Morocco, where they finished as runners-up to the hosts.
The footage, which saw the coach pocketing $1000 (N360,000) to pick two players for the championship, was broadcasted by BBC Africa Eye on Tuesday.
In the video, one of the ‘agents’ told Yusuf,“ So if anything goes through and these players are able to get their contracts, you will get 15% of that contract,” to which the 56-year old replied; “they will be in CHAN.”
However, Yusuf has since 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.
He could be facing the wrath of FIFA, CAF and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) if found guilty of the allegation.
RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
FEATURES: Rise in Monkeypox infection troubling Nigeria’s rural population
In this features, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA goes into the rural communities of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria to uncover the plight of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara communities groan as erosion washes away roads, property
For a number of years communities in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State have had to live with the menace...
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...