Salisu Yusuf back as Super Eagles assistant coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the reinstatement of Coach Salisu Yusuf to his position as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles and Head Coach of the Super Eagles B team, with effect from 1st November 2021.

General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said on Thursday that the reinstatement of the former Kano Pillars, Enyimba FC and Rangers International FC manager by the NFF Board was on the recommendation of the NFF Technical Department.

Salisu left the position he previously held under Gernot Rohr after he was caught on camera, receiving cash to influence his team selection in Accra, Ghana.

In 2018, tested undercover Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in a sting operation exposed Yusuf at the WAFU Cup held in Ghana.

The former Kano Pillars coach was filmed collecting $1000 to include two players in the Nigeria squad by Anas’ Tiger Eye Investigation team who posed as footballers’ agents.

He was subsequently banned from all football-related activities for a year and fined $5,000 after the documentary aired on the BBC.

Yusuf featured for Rancher Bees of Kaduna and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, among others in his playing days.

Yusuf’s return to the three-time African champions coincides with the closing stages of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying second round phase and the commencement of preparations for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations finals taking place in Cameroon early next year.