NFF reappoints disgraced Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles assistant coach

The former Rangers coach is backing in the national team coaching capacity three years after he was banned from all football-related activities for 12 months

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reinstated Salisu Yusuf as the Super Eagles assistant coach and the head coach of the home-based Eagles three years after he was banned for bribery activities.

Salisu previously held the role under Gernot Rohr, but he left the position after he was caught on camera, receiving bribes to influence his team selection.

In 2018, renowned undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, led the team that exposed former Nigerian assistant coach Salisu Yusuf in a sting operation at the WAFU Cup in Ghana.

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The 58-year-old trainer 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.

However, three years after his ban, the 59-year-old tactician is back in his former role. The NFF confirmed Salisu’s reappointment in a statement released to the media.

The statement read: NFF has approved 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.

Salisu’s is now expected to be in the dugout alongside Rohr when the Super Eagles play their final two group games in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The ex-Rangers coach is also expected to be Rohr’s assistant when the Africa Cup of Nations kick-off in Cameroon next year.

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