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Bribery: Group Faults Reinstatement of Indicted Nigerian Coach, Salisu Yusuf, Calls For Reversal



A bunch, PLAYYA Nigeria Youth Growth Initiative has expressed disappointment over the reinstatement of the previous Assistant Tremendous Eagles coach, Mr Salisu Yusuf, who was allegedly indicted in 2018 by the Ethics Committee of the Nigerian Soccer Federation (NFF) for assortment of bribes and manipulation of members of the nationwide group. 

The group mentioned rewarding an indicted official with reinstatement would encourage corruption and 


An announcement signed by the Govt Director of the group, Eze Allosyius referred to as for the instant reversal of the reinstatement in order to not set a harmful precedent.  

The assertion additionally requested the NFF to switch the case file of its Ethics Committee to Nigerian anti-graft companies just like the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) and the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) for prosecution in a daily courtroom of legislation. 


The assertion learn partly, “Mr Yusuf was the top coach of the Tremendous Eagles Workforce B and assistant to the nationwide group coach, Mr Gernot Rohr. He was caught on digicam by Ghanaian investigative journalists posing as brokers to a number of gamers. 

“Through the sting operation, which was extensively publicised in nationwide and worldwide media, Mr Yusuf was seen accumulating money in US {dollars} from the supposed brokers who had requested him to subject sure gamers within the upcoming African Nations Cup championship.

“He was additional promised 15 p.c of the gamers’ contract after their choice into the group. 

As towards the determine quoted by the investigators who caught Mr Yusuf, he ultimately agreed to obtain $750 as a “present of trivial and symbolic worth”, whereas the NFF Ethics Committee discovered him responsible of accumulating the sum of $1,000 in bribes. 

He was subsequently banned from any soccer actions for one yr and requested to pay a positive of $5,000. 

The group attributed sports activities underdevelopment in Nigeria to bribery and corruption, alleging that they characterised Amaju Pinnick-led NFF, starting from shoddy offers of Nike contracts associated to the hiring of Mr Rohr to inflated welfare and allowances of nationwide group members. 

“It’s, subsequently, no shock that the general public will view Mr Yusuf’s reinstatement as an indication of the NFF being comfy working with confessed and convicted criminals (in response to the very personal NFF Ethics Committee),” the assertion added.

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