Salisu Yusuf’s hands found in the till

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Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf has become the latest to be filmed in a wide investigative coverage by Ghanaian undercover journalist and documentary filmmaker Anas Aremeyaw Anas involved in football bribery in West Africa.

The BBC published the three-minute plus video in which Salisu was picked collecting $1,000 from undercover reporters who posed as football agents and asked him to include two players in Nigeria’s squad to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

Salisu is said to have told the undercover reporters in the video that “you see in football you have to be, to be…it’s supposed to be by your consistency and form.”

The names of the two players were not given though the video narrative stated that they were named in the Nigeria CHAN squad though the money given Salisu “took impacted his player selection” despite being promised 15 percent of the players’ future contracts.

Anas’ undercover work has led to the resignation of former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi over asking for bribes.

Salisu’s defence

The former El-Kanemi Warriors and Kano Pillars coach has denied committing any offence.

Salisu confirmed meeting two football agents but insisted he gave “them my honest answer” about criteria for player selection into the Nigeria squad.

He also declared that he only collected $750, not $1,000, which he considers only “as a gift.”

“I can remember giving them my honest answer to the end that if the said players were found suitable in the selection process, they would indeed be selected,” he wrote to the BBC.

“I did accept $750 handed to me by one of the two agents to the two Nigerian players only as a gift of trivial and symbolic value and not as an inducement to play the two players represented by the two agents.”

Salisu has however got the backing of the Coaches Association of Nigeria. The coaches union in the west African nation stated that “the coach should be held liable for any wrongdoing.”

The coaches body also said it will conduct its investigation into the matter.

Salisu is current in the employ of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and is believed to earn a monthly salary of around N3 million (more than $8,000).

The NFF is yet to make a pronouncement on the matter as the football federation is currently embroiled in a leadership crisis.

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