The Nigeria Football Federation is apprehensive over Salisu Yusuf’s bribery scandal.
The Super Eagles' assistant coach, who also doubles as the chief coach of the Home-based Super Eagles, was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents.
He acted as the assistant coach to Gernot Rohr at the just concluded 2018 World Cup in Russia and is due to lead the national U-23 team to Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Yusuf was accused of collecting $1000 from an unknown agent to field Kano Pillars Rabiu Ali and Osas Okoro of Rangers international during the CHAN Tournament in Morocco.
Godwin Izilien, who is the former coach of the Golden Eaglets and Super Falcon, has risen in defence of the embattled coach Yusuf: “Going by the way Yusuf defended himself, I can see that the undercover journalist just wanted to punish him.
“In coaching, a number of inducements come from various quarters.
“And taking gifts from people is a common phenomenon all over the World.
“Yusuf said that the man came to him after the game was played.
“I would have blamed Yusuf if his meeting with the undercover journalist had taken place before the match because it could influence his selection of players. In any case, he should have ignored the money.”
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