Salisu Yusuf, the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in a video released by BBC Africa Eye was caught on camera receiving a handful of cash.

The video, dated back to September 2017 was said to have been handed over to Africa Eye by Anas Aremayaw Anas, a Ghanaian journalist said to be on a mission to reveal loads of African football administrators receiving illegal cash inducement.

Anas, investigative works recently led to the collapse of the Ghanaian FA – with the President and former CAF Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi caught on camera receiving money, though he denied any claim of wrong doings.

The wrought of Anas investigative works this time fell on no other person than one of the most respected coaches in Nigerian football – Salisu Yussuf.

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Salisu, who is said to be earning three million Naira ($8,333), in the video was caught receiving N360,000 ($1000) from undercover journalists.

(Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles Technical Adviser alongside Salisu Yussuf at the Russia 2018 World Cup)

 

According to the FIFA and NFF code of ethics, officials are to detach themselves from activities that give rise to suspicion or collect any cash gifts.

In the video, Anas’ reporters were pretending to be football agents and wanted Salisu, who led the CHAN Eagles to a second place finish at the 2018 CHAN tournament to pick two of their players for the then upcoming CHAN tournament.

After Salisu had taken the N360, 000, he agreed with the said agents on collecting 15% of any transfer for those players, and also assuring the agents that the two unnamed players would be in CHAN.

(Salisu Yussuf at the 2018 African Cup of Nation (CHAN) in Morocco)

According to Africa Eye, the two players were eventually selected for CHAN, but no further money was requested or given to Yusuf.

Africa Eye suggested that it could not be all true to say that the money Salisu collected influenced his player selection.

Meanwhile, in a statement to the BBC, Salisu has denied any wrongdoing.

Salisu told BBC, “In any case, I did accept $750 (N270, 000) handed to me by one of the two agents to the two Nigerian players only as a gift of trivial and symbolic value not as an inducement to play the two players represented by the two agents, as Anas Aremayaw Anas and Tiger Eye would want you to believe.”

With the allegations levelled against him, the 56-year-old in a couple of days should know what the future looks like for him in the hands of his employer - NFF.

Salisu has in the past served as Head Coach for the likes of Nassarawa, United, Kano Pillars, Enyimba and El-Kanemi Warriors.

He has also served as assistant coach for the Super Eagles under Samson Siasia and Stephen Keshi (Late), before being appointed as the Head Coach of the team in 2016.

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Former Nigerian international Sam Sodje has called for a new technical crew as he believed the Gernot Rohr’s led crew is not sound enough.

The Super Eagles failed to make it pass beyond the group stage of the just concluded World Cup – picking just three points out of nine.

The four time capped international, who believes the Super Eagles team should be kept said there was a need to change the coaching crew in order to maximise the potential of the players.

The Super Eagles failed to go beyond the group stage of the World Cup, and

I will advise that the group of players should be kept together and add couple of the obviously young players coming through,” Sodje told SCORENigeria

“But we definitely need a sound technical crew for the team.

“We have good and talented players, but talented players alone can’t win trophies.

“They need to be well coached whenever they come for international duty.”

Rohr extended his Super Eagles’ by two more years in the January of this year.

Rumours have been linking Rohr with the Moroccan national team job, but the Franco-German coach has said he would see his contract with Nigeria through.

 

 

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The embattled Nigeria Football Federation president yesterday, was appointed the first Vice President of the African football governing body.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had on Monday ordered Amaju Pinnick and his board to vacate their office.

The order was said to be in respect to a ruling by the Supreme Court, the apex court in Nigeria.

Pinnick, who after the court ruling on Monday was appointed FIFA match commissioner for the game between Sweden and Switzerland on Tuesday, yesterday, was announced as CAF’s first Vice President.

According to the CAF’s scribe, Amaju’s promotion was needed as a result of the resignation of Kwesi Nyantakyi , the first Vice President and former Ghana Football Federation President, who has been banned by FIFA, while under investigation for taking cash gift in a Ghanaian undercover media sting.

The letter of Pinnick’s appointment as the new CAF first Vice President was signed by the CAF’s Secretary General, Amr Fahmy.

The letter which dated July 5, 2018, read thus: “Following the resignation of the 1st Vice President, Mr Kwesi Nyantaky, CAF President after consulting the members of the emergency committee, appointed Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick as 1st Vice President.

“This decision is immediately applicable in accordance with article 27 para 2 of the statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 September 2018.

“We thank you for taking note.”

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Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed that his dad was not a supporter of him playing football as he believed he would never make it as a footballer.

Having won the Most Valuable Player at the 2013 U-17 World Cup, the 21-year old Nigerian forward was signed by Manchester City in the summer of 2014.

Finding game time difficult at Man City, Iheanacho joined Leicester City last season, where he bagged 10 goals in 34 games.

In an interview with Sun UK, Iheancho revealed his disciplined father never wanted him to play football.

“It is ironic my father is now my biggest fan,” he said. I got beat up by him whenever I stepped out to play football!

“I was always on the receiving end of my father’s belt or whatever else he could find. “Sometimes I laugh, but I guess it’s been written by God that my life would take such a route. He was only looking out for me.”

(Iheanacho said he used to dedicate his goals to his mother whenever he scores)

 

Iheanacho’s mother, Mercy, was reported by Sun to have died after a brief illness while her son was starring for Nigeria at the 2013 African Under-17 Championships in Morocco.

The Leicester forward added that if he scored at the World Cup, it would be dedicated to his late Mum, who was more supportive.

“She was my only supporter in the beginning. She believed in me. Something tells me she’ll be watching from above and clapping.

“It makes me sad that she is not with me in Russia. Death was unkind to me but life has given me a chance to make her proud.

"Sometimes you wish there was a way to send a message to heaven and remind her that I will forever cherish her support,”Iheanacho added.

“I always dedicate my goals to her when I point to the sky. It’s for her and to thank God for everything.”

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Bolton Wanderers have secured the signing of Nigerian international Chinedu Obasi on a deal until the end of the season.

The English Championship side confirmed that the deal would be subjected to an international clearance.

In confirming the signing of the 31-year-old forward, The Trotters wrote on their official website: “Bolton Wanderers are pleased to confirm the signing of Chinedu Obasi on a short-term deal until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.”

Obasi was dubbed as one of the more promising players to be emerging from Africa after the Youth U-20 World Cup in 2005, but his career has been halted by various degrees of injuries.

The 17-capped Nigerian international has represented the likes of Lyn, TSG Hoffenheim, Schalke 04, AIK and Shenzhen in the past.

Obasi who last played for AIK of Sweden joins Jay-Jay Okocha, Blessing Kaku and Sammy Ameobi on the list of Nigerians to have worn the jersey of the Trotters.

 

 

 

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Vincent Enyeama has been mooted for a return to the Super Eagles for the World Cup, but Gernot Rohr has said the veteran shot-stopper would not make the squad to Russia due to his lack of game time

Enyeama retired abruptly from the national team in 2015 but discourse on him returning to the team has been on the table for months, but Rohr has adduced that the Lille goalkeeper lack of game time at his club meant he was out of the team for Russia.

The 101 capped Nigerian international last featured for the first team of Lille in the game against Rennes last April.

And speaking to reporters at Aiteo/Nigeria Football Federation Awards, Rohr as quoted by Vanguard said Enyeama would not be part of his team for the World Cup.

“He {Enyeama} is not playing anywhere, so we cannot take players who are not playing,” Rohr said.

“We are working hard to have the best of our legs taken to Russia and we don’t have the best luxury of naming a player that has not been playing in recent time.

“Each time we have a problem, there is always a good answer and I hope it will be the same for the World Cup.

“We currently have so many players in camp and we want to continue monitoring them. The most important thing is for them to be in best shape for the Mundial.”

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With Rohr ruling Enyeama out of the World Cup, The Franco-German would be left to pick three amongst Francis Uzuoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Dele Ajiboye, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye that would represent the country at the World Cup.

All the available options for Rohr are deemed inexperienced at the highest level.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria has given “football fans unforgettable memories” at the World Cup, says Federation of International Football Association ( FIFA ).

The three-time African Champions will be making their sixth appearance at the World Cup later this year in Russia and FIFA has paid tribute to Nigeria and some of her ex players who had lit up the World Cup in the past.

In a text to back some of the video clips of the Super Eagles at the World Cup shared on the FIFA website, the World governing body of football wrote: “The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will mark Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the global finals. The African side made their debut at USA 1994, winning over supporters across the world with their exciting brand of football as they bowed out at the Round of 16 against eventual finalists Italy.

“…From Daniel Amokachi to Emmanuel Amunike, Sunday Oliseh to Jay-Jay Okocha, the high-flying Super Eagles have given football fans some unforgettable memories. We pay tribute to some of the Nigeria icons who have made their mark on the World Cup.”

The Super Eagles were the first side to qualify from the African continent and have been drawn in Group D against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa has revealed that the team was prepared to make it pass the group stage as they’ve set a quarter final or semi-final agenda.

The Technical Adviser of the side, Gernot Rohr has also backed Musa stance – saying quarter final was the minimum the Super Eagles wanted to reach at the World Cup.

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Adult fans to pay £18 while Junior fans are to pay £10

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF )has confirmed that fans will pay between £10 to £18 for the friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Serbian national team billed for March 27 of this year.

The friendly match has been scheduled to take place in London, but a specific venue has not been announced yet

According to a tweet on the NFF verified Twitter account, tickets for adults will go for £18 (around 9,200) while that of the juniors will go for £10 (around 5,200).

The tweet read, “The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup continues: join the @NG Super Eagles in London on March 27th for the game against Serbian National team. Tickets start from £18 for adults and £10 for juniors.#SoarSuperEagles #NGASRB.”

Spotkick reported that the 2013 African champion will also lock horns with the three Lions of England in a friendly match scheduled for June 2. 

The friendly game against the Gareth Southgate led boys was reported to be the last of the friendly games the NFF has set aside to prepare the Super Eagles for the World Cup, where they will meet the trio of Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the group stage.

Other friendly games lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup are against Poland, DR Congo and Czech Republic.

 

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Gather around ye children, to hear the tales of thee; as a new season of the Nigerian Professional Football League is about to begin; which means only a few days till spotkick’s own Shehu Idris returns from the wilderness (AKA the hands of a rogue federal squad wh… okay, that’s enough). A league that mirrors its country like no other, the surreal drama, the utter lack of organisation that makes Spain’s LFP and RFEF look like geniuses, and the unappreciated workers (i.e. players). Just hire some ghost managers, and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

But little matter, this is, as our Shehu Idris said, the best league in the world (don’t compare), and spotkick’s newly-acquired ravens (again, Shehu Idris), have gone round the country on the tittle-tattle before the season begins- don’t worry, they didn’t go that far.

Our first stop is the North, of course (smart ravens, smart), where three months after winning their first ever league title, Plateau United held a ‘trophy parade’ (note: trophy parade in this country means taking the trophy to the State Governor and getting some welcome wads of cash). The champions begin their (doomed-to-fail) quest to retain the title with a trap- or is it trip- to face Nasarawa United, and will begin without goalkeeper Dele I-love-gisting Ajiboye, defender Daniel Itodo and midfielder Peter Eneji, who will all be aiding the home-based Eagles’ commendable effort to exit the African Nations Championship at the group stages in Morocco.

Still in North, it’s all eyes for the title by the looks of it, as El-Kanemi Warriors and new coach Imama Amapakabo have declared their aim is to win the big prize. So has Niger Tornadoes, but when you’re done laughing about that, remember no one fancied Plateau last year either. The Minna club have already signalled their intention to go all out by sacking their entire technical crew, headed by Coach Abubakar Bala, and giving them the generous opportunity of re-applying, presumably under new identities.

Also in the North, Yobe Desert Stars have made their way into the first division, with very little funds, so much so that they couldn’t afford to make new signings, or participate in the Nigerian National League’ Super Six pre-season tournament, so expect them to make their way back.

Then our ravens leave the North (it’s cold out there, you know), and head for the South-East, where they stumble on a couple of interns playing for Rivers United, who had the effrontery to ask Governor Nyesom Wike that their salaries be paid from the 2014/15 season (who do they think they are, Real Madrid?). After getting distracted by a handful of newly-erected exquisite statues in that region, our ravens check on Abia Warriors and new coach Raphael Everton (whose name sounds like that of a manager that will arrive in the English lower league to some fanfare, but leave with the club in the relegation zone). Then there’s dethroned champions Enugu Rangers, whose striker Kelvin Itoya has deemed as the ‘team to beat’ (so expect everyone to beat them), and who are coached by Gbenga Ogunbote.

At the sight of Ogunbote, our ravens are reminded to head for the West, where the quality has fallen faster than Mo’Cheddah’s musical career. Of the four teams that were relegated last season, three were from this side of the country- Shooting Stars of Ibadan, ABS of Ilorin, and the disgrace-in-football-club-clothing- Remo Stars for short. But somehow, MFM FC have gone against the routine of being inept down here, and actually managing to look like a football club that knows what they, and even booked a spot in the continental competition (The audacity!!! é ma bajéooo).

They’ll be kept company by Kwara United, another newly-promoted side, who are joined in the top-flight (lol ravens, we said flight) by the aforementioned Yobe Desert Stars, Go Round FC and five-time champions Heartland.

All make for an exciting viewing, if you can view clearly that is, the television rights are with NTA (yes, the same one).

Nevertheless, this is, and remains, the best league in the world (What part of don’t compare don’t you get).

 

 

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The Argentine captain has thrown a jibe at Nigeria ahead of their 2018 World Cup group stage meeting – saying he doubts the 2013 African champion on the biggest stage.

Argentina and Nigeria will lock horns once again - with the two sides having had to face each other in the group stage of the World Cup for the fourth time in the last five-edition of the Mundial.

In 2006, in which the two sides did not face each other, Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Of the four group stage meetings since 2002, Nigeria had failed to pick a point - as Argentina emerged winners on the four occasions. 

Meanwhile, Nigeria defeated Argentina by 4-1 in a friendly match in 2011 and defeated the Albiceleste by 4-2 in another friendly played last month.

Speaking in an interview with fifa.com, The Barcelona forward believes the Super Eagles’ 4-2 win over his side last month won’t count in their group stage encounter next year.

On facing Nigeria next year, Messi said, “Nigeria one day they score four goals, the next one, they leave plenty spaces for you to do anything.”

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On facing the other group opponents Messi added: (Iceland) "might seem easy, but they are tough and well organised on defence.

 (Croatia) “They give you more room to play, but have great players.”

 

 

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