NFF slams one-year suspension on coach Salisu Yusuf

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has suspended Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf for one year.

He has also been fined $5000.

This follows an NFF investigation into bribery allegations against the 56 year old tactician.

Yusuf was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents, who requested that two players be selected for a continental championship last year.

He appeared before an NFF investigative committee in Abuja, where he he denied the allegations.

In his right of reply, Yusuf said: “There is nothing in the allegation pointing to a demand for the money from the agents of the two principals. Rather, the agent only handed the money to me after expressing ‘hope’ that the principals would play in the Championship.

“Be that as it may, I did accept cash handed to me by one of the said football agents, which I later discovered, upon checking, to be $750 and not $1000.”

But the NFF committee in a statement said it “found as a fact from the documentary and video evidence before it, that he accepted the cash gift of $1,000.

“[He] Offered by Tigers Player’s Agency, an undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, for their inclusion in the list of players for 2018 CHAN Competition in Morocco.”

The committee said the ban was from “all football-related activities at both national and international level” adding that “an appeal against the decision can be made to the NFF Appeals Committee”.

The former Kano Pillars tactician will miss next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament should Nigeria qualify.

Yusuf was assistant to Gernot Rohr at the recent World Cup in Russia and led the Nigeria to the final of this year’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Morocco.