The Nigeria Football Federation has launched an investigation into the allegation of bribery against Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf, the Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire said on Friday.
The coach was captured in video receiving cash from investigative journalists posing as football agents who requested that two players be selected for a major championship.
“For now, the NFF has commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay,” NFF’s Olajire said in a statement.
The names of the players were not disclosed and Yusuf, 56, who was an assistant to Gernot Rohr at the recent World Cup in Russia, has denied any wrongdoing. He said the money was a gift and that all the players were selected on merit. He has also disputed the total sum as he insists he was given $750 and note $1000 stated in the BBC video clip which broke the news.
The country’s football coaches association has said it stood by the Yusuf, who led Nigeria to the final of this year’s Championship of African Nations in Morocco.