The Nigerian national team’s technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, has given a brief into how Salisu Yusuf, his assistant coach got implicated in bribery scandal exposed about two month back.
In an undercover investigation by the veteran Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Mr. Yusuf was caught in a video conversation collecting bribes to influence the selection of two players in the last CHAN tournament.
While speaking with journalists in Lagos, Rohr stated that the embattled coach will not be among his coaching crew when the Super Eagles begin preparations for their Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifying
match away to Seychelles.
Although, he expressed his trust in Yusuf as he described him to be honest, he however lamented that he fell for a trap set by that journalist.
“Unfortunately, at this tournament (WAFU in Ghana) … he was approached, some guys said we must get two players in the CHAN team, but they (the players) are already in the team. The mistake he did was that he collected the money.
“I have worked with Salisu for close to two years and I trust him. But he won’t be with us in Victoria for Seychelles’ game because there is a FIFA inquest on the matter and the NFF has inaugurated a panel to probe what transpired in
the unfortunate incident.”
“Salisu is a victim of circumstance. He fell for a trap. He was naive”.
“But I must say that he is an honest, loyal and good coach. He will not be with us in the next games because he is under investigation and we will have to
To know fully about the scandal nailing Yusuf, the undercover report aired on the BBC, revealed how he was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents.
After a conversation about player selection, the head coach is seen taking a handful of cash.
The impostors wanted two Nigerian players to be picked in the (then) upcoming African Nations Championships.
After Mr Yusuf had taken the money, they alluded to other incentives like the coach getting 15 per cent of the player’s contract after their selection.
He was originally scheduled to lead the
national team to the Olympics in 2020 but there are insinuations that the NFF is already shopping for another hand to carry out that task.
Aside from announcing that they will be
investigating the bribery issue weeks back, the NFF is yet to make any other categorical statement.