NFF ban Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf over bribery incident, fined $5000

The 56-year-old Super Eagles coach has been sanctioned by the country’s football governing body after he was found guilty of receiving a bribe

The Nigeria Football Federation have handed Salisu Yusuf a year ban from all football activities and fined him $5000 over his involvement in a bribery incident.

The Super Eagles assistant coach was caught on camera collecting an amount of money believed to be worth $1000 from some undercover journalists posing as agents and in return he promised two of their players a place in his squad for a competition.

After concluding their investigation into the incident and allowing the coach to defend himself, the NFF Ethics Committee have found the 56-year-old guilty and subsequently sanctioned him for his action.

The monetary punishment must be redeemed within the next three months.

“The NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play have placed a one–year ban from all football-related activities on Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Mr. Salisu Yusuf,” read a statement from NFF Ethics Committee.

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“Following its consideration of a complaint by the NFF as well as the Coach’s defence of a video documentary in which he was seen to accept the sum of $1,000 from an undercover reporter posing as a player’s agent. The coach must also pay a fine in the sum of $5,000 to the Federation within three months."

Yusuf was part of Nigeria’s coaching crew to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and led the home-based Super Eagles to the final of this year's African Nations Championship [CHAN] in Morocco.