Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, has been busted after he was caught on video where he was taking a bribe from fake football agents set up by Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Anas who has been on a mission to expose corrupt football officials in Africa reportedly set up the sting by using fake football agents who allegedly offered Yusuf the sum of $1,000 (N360,000) with the aim of selecting two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).
In the video, Yusuf who was in charge of the Super Eagles Team B team to the 2017 WAFU and 2018 CHAN where they lost in both finals, is seen collecting the bribe money from the undercover agents.
The video also showed Yusuf in a conversation with the fake agents who handed him the cash with a promise of more cash incentives if he selects their players for CHAN 2018 which held in Morocco.
The video clip which has been made public by BBC African Eye, also caught the conversation between Yusuf and the fake agents where they promised him a 15% cut if the said players get an offer after the CHAN tournament.
In the video, one of the undercover agents is heard telling the Coach:
“So if anything goes through and these players are able to get their contracts, you will get 15% of that contract.”
To which Yusuf is heard replying:
“They will be in CHAN.”
The two players were eventually selected for CHAN 2018 although the investigation stated that there is no suggestion that the money given to Yusuf influenced the selection.
However, the 56-year-old Yusuf has denied any wrongdoing in the bribery scandal, insisting that he did not promise or committed to selecting any player.
He claimed that he never asked the reporters for money and that it was just offered to him. He also said that the money he received was $750 and not $1,000 as claimed by the report.
He also claimed that he viewed the money as a trivial and symbolic value which falls within the gifts FIFA code allows for and that his influence over the players’ selection was never affected.
Watch the leaked video below: