Super Eagles’ coach, Salisu Yusuf, has come under fire after a video of him receiving a bribe from unidentified undercover agents surfaced online on Tuesday, the 24th of July.
In a statement published by Sun News, Yusuf who is currently in London, receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment, denied receiving a bribe.
“There is nothing in the allegation pointing to a demand for the money from the agents of the two principals. Rather, the agent only handed the money to me after expressing ‘hope’ that the principals would play in the Championship.
Be that as it may, I did accept cash handed to me by one of the said football agents, which I later discovered, upon checking, to be $750 and not $1000.
Nonetheless, my understanding of the FIFA and NFF Codes of Ethics, particularly Sections 20 of the said codes, is that, gifts of any kind could be accepted by persons bound by the codes which are: of symbolic or trivial value; exclude any influence for the execution or omission on an act that is related to one’s official activities or fall within one’s discretion; are not contrary to one’s duties; do not create any undue pecuniary or other advantage and do not create a conflict of interest.”
In the viral video released to BBCAfrica Eye by renowned Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Yusuf is filmed assuring the agents of his cooperation after being handed the cash.
According to BBC Africa News, the incriminating video which was filmed in September, 2017, ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), had Aremeyaw’s undercover journalists play football agents to select two Super Eagles players to play for their country at this championship.
Watch the video below:
Nigeria’s top football coach, Salisu Yusuf, has been caught on camera taking cash. The footage, exposed here for the first time, was captured by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist @anasglobal and recently handed to #BBCAfricaEye. pic.twitter.com/O3RQTYJTJK
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) July 24, 2018