The Nigeria Football Federation has began preliminary investigation on the video footage capturing Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf receiving money from men posing as football agents.
The video was broadcasted by BBC Africa Eye on Monday night.
In the video, Yusuf, recieved $1000, (N360,000) to pick two players for the 2018 CHAN championship. He was further promised 15% by the men posing as football agents of the players as soon as they are able to seal a deal abroad.
“For now, the NFF has commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said in a media statement made availbale to CSN.
The 56-year-old former Kano Pillars coach has since denied any wrongdoing, insisting that he did not promise or commit to selecting any player in exchange for the money.
He claimed that he never asked the reporters for money and that it was just a gift offered to him.
Yusuf also clarified that he received $750 not the $1000 claimed in the report and further stated that he viewed the money as a trivial and symbolic value which falls within the gifts FIFA code allows for and that his influence over the players’ selection was never affected.