The Nigeria Football Federation has banned the chief coach of the national football team from all football related activities for a period of 1 year and also fined him 5000 dollars. He was said to have been involved in a bribery scandal.
Yusuf who was assistant to Gernot Rohr at the just concluded World Cup in Russia and also qualified the Nigeria’s National team for the final of this year’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Morocco was said to have received cash in order to select two players for a particular tournament.
He however said:
“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,” he said in a right of reply.
“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.”
But NFF maintained that the sanction would stand and that he is free to appeal the verdict.