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NFF reinstates Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles coach after bribery scandal

DISGRACED coach Salisu Yusuf has been reintegrated into the Super Eagles technical crew, the Nigeria Football Federation announced on Thursday.

Yusuf was caught in a bribery scandal by undercover reporters in 2018.

He was recorded on hidden camera accepting a cash gift from undercover BBC Africa reporters who purportedly wanted to influence team selection into the Super Eagles B squad, which Yusuf was in charge of.

Although Yusuf denied any wrongdoing and insisted the inducement did not affect his decision to field players, he was removed from the national team.

He then became the head coach of Enugu Rangers November 2019 before his recall to the national team set-up.

“The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation has approved the re-instatement 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,” the NFF stated in a press release made available to Naija Times on Thursday.

“General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, disclosed on Thursday that the re-instatement of the former Kano Pillars, Enyimba FC and Rangers International FC gaffer by the NFF Board was on the recommendation of the NFF Technical Department.

“Highly respected for his match-reading ability, calm demeanour and proficiency in talent discovery and development, Yusuf, in his playing days featured for Rancher Bees of Kaduna and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, among others.

“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.”

The 59-year-old Yusuf has been working with the national team on and off since around 2010.

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