NFF Launches Preliminary Investigation Into Salisu Yusuf Bribe Scandal
The Nigeria Football Federation has begun a preliminary investigation into the bribery allegation involving one of its senior team coaches, Salisu Yusuf.
Mr. Salisu was recorded to be collecting money to pick players for the Nigeria team.
In an investigation by a Ghanian investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Salisu was seen collecting a sum of $1,000 dollars. According to the reporter, the money was given to the coach to pick two players in the national team to feature in the just concluded 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Morocco.
Confirming the commencement of an investigation into the matter, Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications, NFF told BBC Sport in a telephone interview that the matter is a sensitive one and proper investigation needs to be done.
“It’s true that the NFF has commenced a preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay.”
“This is a very sensitive matter and a proper investigation is required by the football authority,” Ademola said.
Salisu affirmed to have received a cash gift which he said was $750 and not $1,000 as claimed by the reporter.
He added that the money is not a bribe backing his claim with Sections 20 of the FIFA and NFF code of ethics, which states 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.