Chief coach of Nigeria’s national team Salisu Yusuf has denied any wrongdoing after footage broadcast on Tuesday showed him accepting money from undercover reporters posing as football agents.
Earlier today the BBC posted a video of Yusuf taking what it said was $1,000 (850 euros) after a conversation about the selection of two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The video was recored by Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas as part of his crusade against corruption in African football
Salisu was also told he would receive 15 percent of the fee if the players were included in the Nigeria squad for the tournament, which is open only to home-based African footballers.
However the Coach has responded to the allegations via a letter to the BBC
In the letter he confirmed he met two people who introduced themselves as football agents and that they had a discussion about players for the CHAN.
He said he neither promised nor committed to select the players nor asked for money, which he maintained was $750 not $1,000 as claimed
“I can remember giving them my honest answer to the end that if the said players were found suitable in the selection process, they would indeed be selected,” he wrote.
“I did accept $750 handed to me by one of the two agents to the two Nigerian players only as a gift of trivial and symbolic value and not as an inducement to play the two players represented by the two agents.”
The Nigerian football federation are yet to comment on the situation but reports suggest a suspension is in the offing for the coach pending a complete investigation of the matter