Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf gets one-year ban

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Assistant coach of Nigeria, Salisu Yusuf, has been slapped with a one-year suspension and a fine of $5,000 by the NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Committee on Ethics and Fair Play passed the decision to sanction the troubled coach after he was filmed in a video by undercover reporters, working for Ghanaian undercover journalist and documentary filmmaker Anas Aremeyaw Anas, collecting $1,000 to influence the selection of players into the Super Eagles squad for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

The suspension will keep Salisu out of “all football-related activities” for the period of the sanction, according to the football federation in Nigeria.

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

The NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play stated that the former El-Kanemi Warriors manager admitted to accepting money from the undercover reporter who posed as an agent on behalf of two players. The players have been identified as Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali.

However, Salisu did not accept “the offer of 15% of the anticipated transfer fees of the said players, as there was no follow –up action on the promise.”

The statement further read: “Established from the admission of Coach Salisu Yusuf and also found as a fact from the documentary and video evidence before it, that he accepted the cash gift of $1,000 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 found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the part of Coach Salisu Yusuf but a conscious and deliberate decision to have accepted the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player agent/undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, even though the evidence before the Committee did not establish that his conduct influenced the choice of the two players.

“In accordance with Art. 22, FIFA Disciplinary Code, he is hereby banned for the period of one year, from partaking or involvement or participation in any football related activity, effective from the date of this decision. He is also fined in the sum of $5,000 to be paid within three (3) months of the date of this decision…”

The suspended coach nonetheless can appeal against the decision of the federation’s ethics and fair play committee, it is understood.

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