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Three years after ban for alleged corruption, Yusuf returns as Super Eagles’ assistant coach

By Christian Okpara
22 October 2021   |   3:35 am
Coach Salisu Yusuf, who was banned from all football-related activities over alleged corruption three years ago, has been reinstated as Super Eagles assistant coach and head coach of Eagles..

Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr (left) and newly recalled Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf

Coach Salisu Yusuf, who was banned from all football-related activities over alleged corruption three years ago, has been reinstated as Super Eagles’ assistant coach and head coach of Eagles’ B team by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

A statement by the NFF, yesterday, said the former Enyimba, Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers’ coach, was returned to his position 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,” the statement read.

It added: “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 Cameroun early next year.”

 
Yusuf was in August 2018 caught on camera accepting cash from men who posed as football agents to select two players for his Morocco 2018 African Nations Championship squad.

He was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 by the federation after the NFF Ethics and Fair Play Committee ruled that the coach received $1,000 from the men.

After serving his one-year ban, the NFF reinstated Yusuf in 2019.

Announcing Yusuf’s return in 2019, NFF said, “The federation has noted that the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, has now fully served the one-year suspension clamped on him last year.”