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Nigerian Football Coaches Association Backs Yusuf On Bribery Allegations

Nigerian Football Coaches Association Backs Yusuf On Bribery Allegations

By Adeboye Amosu:

The Nigeria Football Coaches Association have pledged their support for  Super Eagles assistant coach  Salisu Yusuf who insists that he is innocent in bribery allegations after he was  caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

The footage captured by controversial journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in September 2017 – and has been broadcast for the first time by BBC Africa Eye.

In the video, the chief coach of the Super Eagles, and first assistant during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, appeared to have 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 once they are able to seal a deal abroad.

The association according to a  communique signed by it’s chairman, Ladan Bosso, who is also the head coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League club, FC Ifeanyiubah said they do not believe the coach should be held liable for any wrongdoing even though they respect the FIFA code of ethics.

“It is clear to the blind that the coach’s stand wasn’t distorted by the “trivality“ of the pecuniary gift made to him.The players in question prior to the issuance of the gift had already made the team and were in fact among the pillars of the team,” reads the statement.

“We do not think that the integrity and reputation of football has been affected by this though we shall investigate further as it dents the reputation of our association and members.

“Again, we think  that the coach should be commended for stating clearly that players selection is based on performance.It makes no sense that our colleague who earns over 3 million Naira would stoop so low for pittance of  $750/1000, which does not compare to the salary he earns. The trivial nature of what he received is the issue.”

The association also stated that Yusuf has debunked the allegation against him.

“This our member has debunked in his response to BBC

“To this effect we stand with our member pending further investigations to ascertain if there are any breaches of ethics,” the Nigerian Coaches’ statement read further.

“As a body, we shall investigate further this matter and where need be sanction or caution our colleague.”

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  • Mykel 3 years ago

    why am I not surprised, a corrupt and shameful country like Nigeria, corruption is the order of the day, because the local coaches are into same practice that’s why they are quick to jump in his defense. When someone offers u money and tells u that he wants these players to make the team and further stated that he will be given 15% should they get a deal abroad, is that not receiving bribe? whether he is a good coach or not, he should be sacked to serve as a deterrent to others, this practice of using money to select useless players must stop in our football, players should be selected on merit.

    • Good talk my bro,that is why idiot giwa and his vulture partner dulang want to swallow pinnick,

      • stanley 3 years ago

        Am not surprised. Yussuf went for a competition as Chan with Okpotu. 
        To do what? 

  • We all know that these things happen everywhere in Nigerian football! And before you guys descend on me, I grew and played in the system, so I should know better.

  • Janebrix 3 years ago

    @sam. And so because we know it’s common we should embrace and support it? That’s just what we are saying because of your comments our football system will everly be infected with viruses.  You can hear the foolish associated of local coaches running their mouth. Truly falz  the musician was right when he titled his song “this is Nigeria “. We are still on the issues of resolving crisis in NFF and another issue is coming up. One advice to FIFA is stop prolonging decision just ban the damn country from football for some years. 

  • Well, let this be a lesson to everyone beyond football: greed is very dangerous.

    Having reviewed the film footage, I heard Mr.Yusuf say plainly that: “team selection was based on performance only”.

    In fact, the Chan squad had been selected prior to the secret filming.

    There is no suggestion by the investigators that the money they gave Mr.Yusuf influenced his team selection.

    Furthermore, no further payments were requested or given to him; which for me begs the question: why did he do it?


    His coaching colleagues have come out to throw the weight of their support behind him at this stage but can they sustain thid?

    The footage will be analysed and re-analysed in days to come and I will be amazed if the head coach of Nigeria is exonorated of any wrongdoing.

    The months of June and July have been turbulent for Nigerian football.

    What with the painful exit from the world cup, the NFF in leadership crisis and now this Salisu revelation.

    As the U-21 ladies prepare for their world cup in August, I hope their participation brings a feel-good factor that is sorely missing in Nigerian football at the moment.

    • Haymaker 3 years ago

      It baffles me the way you are always on the fence on issues. Can’t you ever take a stand? When it comes to super eagles, you are on the fence. Rohr? Still on the fence. Blatant corruption? Still hugging that fence! Haba, let’s learn to be objective na.

      • Sorry if I offended you or anyone.

        I just want to – in my own way – get into his head to find out why an erstwhile highly respected coach with a generous pay-package will do such a thing.

        Ex-Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron once called Nigeria a “fantastically corrupt” country. But you see, my problem is that corruption occurs everywhere – from United States to Japan and India – it just takes the forms in different places.

        Mr Yusuf may have done the wrong thing but the way he allowed himself to be put in that situation and filmed by that rogue reporter was crass!

        The career and reputation he has spent years to build now (potentially) lies in tatters; because of how much?

  • Smart 3 years ago

    We r so shameless as a people,a public office holder accepted bribe or gratification any how shameless people want to put it,and it was exposed to d whole world,yusuf still has guts to talk,lets alone,d shameless association,yusuf should av been shameful enough to just resign himself while d investigation is going on,that is what is obtainable in develop society where people have shame,the type of human beings in this part of d world beat my imagination,must all of us be corrupt,must every facet of our life be like this? that shameless association should be suspended,an association that so proud to support a corrupt public officer publicly.this is d reason we dnt av one good public office holder in this country today,we support corruption,eat corruption pamper corruption and proud of corruption.this is our story as a people,we r so shameless

    • Chigomacdom 3 years ago

      Tell them Bro, birds of same feather, our society has gone so bad that people praise and glorify shameless acts.

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    The question yusuf has to answer is….Why did he collect money from an agent…??? Did the agent owe him money or what…??? That act alone it itself in incriminating…its against professional ethics, especially of a position as sensitive as that of a national team coach. That alone should earn him a sack in a sane clime. I used to work with some international development partners in nigeria years ago, when they come for Monitoring and Evaluation visits, even coffee, they dont accept. Any form of gratification can be interpreted as inducement….That’s how professional they were. If not for greed, what should $1000 or is it $750 mean to someone who earns over N3 million monthly. I really dont expect anything less from these charlatans who called themselves association of Nigerian coaches. They are all birds of the same feather. The also indulge is such acts and even worse

  • Jones 3 years ago

    This Yusuf is a criminal no wonder he selected Peter Eneji who was injured and could only play in the final where he was unfit and got a red card in Chan. 

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    This said president Ladan Bosso is a very bad coach with poor record. I won’t be surprised if he is a culprit of bribery as well that is exactly why he always failed in any given assignment and for him to be president of local coaches. Smh

  • Thieves if the same kind flock together.

  • Presh 3 years ago

    Can all of them shut the f…..ck up, if Sam Allydace was caught and he raised his hand up and was sacked Yusuf is no God, You all are supporting corruption the world should be ashamed of that country. If Yusuff stays what are you portraying to the world. Please go.

  • Chidi 3 years ago

    Nff should fire him immediately  no time,why will he accept money in the first place Abi d agent the run charity organization?its crystal he has been doing it for long na this one him cup full,una know na thief go de thief big money body go de sweet am but d day him cup full na one careless runs go open him yansh,replace him with okocha or yobo

  • No wonder the country is in a total shamble. Corruption is the order of day in Nigeria from the presidency to different areas of works in Nigeria. The so called salisu should be dismissed just the way sam aladyce, former England boss was dismissed for corruption.