Former Eagles goalkeeper, Segun Oguns claims collection of bribe is a trend in Nigerian football

 

In the wake of the bribery allegation scandal that has hit one of the Nigeria national team coaches, Segun Oguns, a former ex international has said he was not taken aback – as collection of bribes is a norm in all the Nigerian national teams.

In a video dated back to September 2017 and released by BBC Africa Eye last Tuesday, Salisu Yusuf, the Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria was caught on camera receiving cash worth N360,000 ($1000) from undercover journalists posing as football agents to field some players for a then upcoming CHAN tournament.

The coach was also caught on camera agreeing with the undercover journalists on collecting 15% of any transfer to Europe for those players.

Though Salisu had denied any wrongdoings – saying he collected the money only “as a gift of trivial and symbolic value not as an inducement to play the two players,” Oguns, a former goalkeeper of the Super Eagles said collection of money to field players was not something new in Nigeria.

Oguns, in an interview with Punch also alleged that some players were omitted from the Nigerian team to Russia because they could not offer much money.

“It didn’t come to me as shock; it’s a normal thing with all the Nigerian national teams today,” Oguns told Punch.

“Taking bribe and collecting money to field players is not new in the Nigerian teams fromu-13, U-15, U-17, U-20, U-23 to the Super Eagles that went to the 2018 World Cup.

“We are aware of allegations of people collecting money to take certain players to the World Cup. We know that we didn’t take our best legs to the World Cup. We know those who were not allowed to go to Russia because they didn’t offer money, the federation us aware. They know the coaches are taking money to field players.”

On Friday, the NFF, in a statement said preliminary investigations had started over the Yusuf’s bribery scandal.

Oguns, who partly blamed Amaju Pinnick for failing to stop the trend said nothing concrete would come out from the investigation.

“How he (Yusuf) got himself involved in this, I don’t know. He is a gentleman, but I don’t feel comfortable the way our national team has been made so cheap.

“He has to face the music.

“But I can assure you that nothing will happen. That’s how it’s been in the last few years,” he concluded.

 

 

 

 

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Ikpeba: Yusuf’s bribery allegation will serve as lessons to lo local coaches

Salisu Yusuf bribery allegation scandal will be a lesson to Nigerian indigenous coaches, says Victor Ikpeba

Yusuf, the Nigerian national team Assistant Coach was caught on camera accepting cash for some players to make the cut to African Nations Cup (CHAN) that held earlier this year in Morocco.

The video footage was said to be shot by Ghanaian Journalist, Anas Aremayaw Anas, and made available to BBC Africa eye.

In the footage, Yusuf, who was said to be earning 3 million naira per month was seen collecting N360, 000 from the undercover journalists, who pretended as football agents.

Yusuf was further promised 15% of any deal should the players of the posed agents sealed a deal abroad after the CHAN tournament.

Ikpeba believes the bribery scandal will be a warning for other local coaches.

“I’m shocked with what happened to coach Salisu Yusuf. This should be a lesson to all our Indigenous coaches,” Ikpeba wrote on Twitter.

 

Meanwhile NFF’s Director of Communication in a statement obtained from CompleteSports have said that preliminary findings have started over the Yusuf’s alleged bribery scandal.

He said, “For now, the NFF has commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay.”

 

 

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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 Nigerian football icon has declared his intention to move from football into full time politics.

Segun Odegbami, famous from running down the touchline with the ball like no one else in his playing days in a press release that he would “plunge into the uncharted rivers of Nigerian politics.”

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Odegbami, who played for Nigerian side 3sc all through his career said he would be running for the Ogun State (one of the 36 states in Nigeria) Gubernatorial election under the platform of Labour Party.

In a press release as extracted from Sports Village Square, Odegbami said.

“On a different note, next Wednesday, July 18 2018, I am taking a plunge into the uncharted rivers of Nigerian politics.

On that day I shall become a member of the Labour Party, and be officially welcomed on that political platform as a gubernatorial candidate for Ogun State in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.

Knowing my background and temperament, that is a giant step to take. I cannot even start to imagine the consequences of that action.

But what I can clearly imagine is a vision of the Gateway State in Nigeria that can be a testimony of limitless possibilities in our country, and in Africa within a very short time.

But this will require, very essentially, the right kind of leadership!

The key is leadership – one untainted by the sharp experiences of the convoluted and polluted politics of the day; one with an unblemished record of service to his State, his country and to humanity; one with integrity, one with capacity and the courage to dare even in the face of the dangerous precipice on which the country perches..

What this means is that from next Wednesday I shall embark on a difficult, challenging but exciting journey of leading (and will begin to serve) a movement of people that align with my vision for Ogun State as a model State in progressive governance with focus on the people, their general well being and welfare, plus unprecedented rapid development; all these serving as an example for the rest of our country, Africa and, indeed, the Black race on earth.

Without doubt, in Ogun State we have the capacity, the resources, the energy and particularly the people, to become the fastest developing community in the world within a few years.

Ogun State can provide the foundation upon which the emancipation of Black persons all over the world will be built.

This will be in fulfilment of the dreams of Obafemi Awolowo, Wole Soyinka, MKO Abiola, and many other great sons and daughters of this most advanced but vastly underrated and underutilized system of socio-economic development – the Yoruba Culture.

To succeed in this exciting venture, we will all be challenged in daunting ways. It will be a long, lonely and often torturous journey, but we will not be discouraged, nor will our spirit be broken.

In fact the mountains we would have to climb will only ignite our excitement, determination, and focus.

I am taking the first step on behalf of all disenfranchised persons in the state. It is now irrevocable and irreversible.

Our ‘bank’ of contributions is also now open, and I humbly ask for your support and prayers particularly through the period of critical take-off period.

My team of volunteers will be outlining our programs through the next few months in various media.

Someone asked me the other day where I intend to find the financial resources to run this money-driven race.

I laughed even as I answered him with all the confidence I could muster that my financial resources are unmatched even though I do not intend to play the money game with anyone.

I assured him that the resources available to me are greater than all the money in the world.

He was still processing my response in his mind when I told him my secret weapon and greatest ‘financial’ resource – the people!

I therefore call on the people, all Nigerians, from all walks of life, young and old, at home or in the Diaspora, of all tribes and tongue, all who seek a great country, a healthy people, a vibrant army of youths well educated and fully engaged in conquering the world with their talent and passion, a great life for retirees, the elderly, the physically challenged, the civil servants, teachers, the neglected middle and lower classes, the artisans, the women, etc. Indeed the list of the disenfranchised in my State is very long.

There is work to be done. So keep a date with me and support me to achieve this.

Use me to show those who have condemned this country to the gallows of corruption, poverty, disease, hunger, crisis and underdevelopment that there are still a few good men and women, decent people with impeccable credentials, of good conduct and character, a big vision, and with the determination to serve as they lead the people,   change the fortune and face of Nigeria, and make the country the greatest Black nation on earth.

It will take off in Ogun State in 2019. With a team of co-visionaries, it can be done.  Try me!”

 

 

 

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The 2015 U-17 Golden Ball winner has said joining Porto on loan will serve a major boost to his career.

Kelechi Nwakali will join Portuguese giant FC Porto on a season long loan from Arsenal.

The 20-year-old promised that he would make his loan move to Porto count.

“I am excited to join the best club in Portugal and I will make my loan from Arsenal count,” He said.

“I have longed to play in a competitive league which this opportunity has given me and I will grab it with both hands.”

The former U-17 and U-20 Captain added that having a wonderful season might paved a way for a Super Eagles call up.

“I want to have a wonderful season with them and hopefully the long wait for a Super Eagles invitation will come with a good performance,” he added.

 

 

 

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The former Super Eagles captain said that the Nigerian players gave their best, but admitted their best was not enough on the night.

According to Okocha, inexperience in the Nigerian team was pivotal to the team lost to the La Albiceleste.

Gernot Rohr boys were on the verge of booking a place in the next round of the World Cup, after Moses had cancelled out from the spot Messi’s first half opener, but an 87th close range finish from an unmarked Marcus Rojo dashed all hopes of such dream.

Okocha, who represented Nigeria at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cup said that the Nigerian players never capitalised on their chances – saying the La Albiceleste deserved their place in the next round of the competition.

“If you want to be harsh on the Nigeria team, is that we didn’t capitalise,” Okocha as quoted by Goal. “We didn’t keep two or three players up there to hurt them. We were limited in terms of experience.

 “Credit to Argentina, they threw the kitchen sink at it, and they deserved to win.”

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On the second goal Nigeria conceded on the night, the former Bolton Wanderers man added, “Poor defending there. We should have recognised to come in a good position at the time the cross came in.

“Moses acted late there. I can’t fault the effort of the players, they gave their all, but at the end of the day, it was not good enough.”

On the VAR call not to award Nigeria a second penalty, as Rojo was seen on replay to have headed a Musa’s cross to his arm, Okocha rather put off the blame from the VAR call – saying Ighalo should have converted the resulting effort.

He said further, “Ighalo should’ve scored or he should’ve at least worked the keeper.”

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Nigerians have took to their various social media handle – reacting and savouring the Super Eagles’ commanding victory over Iceland on Friday afternoon

A drab first half, which the three time African champions had the larger share of possession, but could not have any shot on target was improved on in the second half – with two goals from Ahmed Musa deciding the tie.

The win meant that if Nigeria could get at least a draw in their next game against the Albicelseste of Argentina, and Croatia could force Iceland to a draw, or lose by a margin not more than three, the Super Eagles will move to the next round of the Mundial.

Savouring the moment, Nigerians in their usual fashion have taken to the social media spewing out different shades of opinions, jokes and so on.

A Twitter user with the name DADDY THE FATHER @SemilooreAkoni has likened the joy in the country aftermath the Eagles' triumph to that that was witnessed when Abacha, who has been dubbed as Nigeria’s worst ever dictator died on June 8 1998.

@SemilooreAkoni wrote: “The last time Nigerians were this happy was when Abacha ate apple and died.

 

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Another Twitter user also joked that the improvement in the second half from the players could be as a result of the coach threat to arrest the players with the Nigeria Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).King of Ikorodu @OtunbaBillz: “See them playing like Rohr threatened them with SARS at halftime.”

Jeffrudeen @VillageParrot also wrote: “In less than 90 minutes,Ahmed Musa has made Nigerians happier than Buhari has in 3 years.

Also, Nigerian musicians were not left out of the party, with Olamide Adedeji, aka Badoo full of confidence - saying all that is left for the Super Eagles is to defeat the Argentines in their next game.

Olamide Adedeji @olamide_YBNL wrote: “Na to chop Argentina eyes remain now ! Nigeria issa goal !!!

Michael Collins better known as Don Jazzy, who was proud of the Super Eagles’ performance wrote on his twitter handle @DonJazzy: “We did thissss. If I catch any geh this night. Na belle straight.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Akpoborie has warned the players not to get carried away with the victory over Iceland.

The former Nigerian international wrote on his Twitter @ Akpoborie: “Job is not done yet, there is still plenty of football to be played against Argentina.

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Maradona: Argentina are a disgrace

Monday, 18 June 2018 19:16

Diego Maradona was the man in the dugout for the La Albiceleste at the 2010 World Cup, where they were knocked-out by Germany in the quarterfinals.

The Argentine icon was in the stands on Saturday where his country drew 1-1 with debutant Iceland.

He labelled the two time World Champions on Saturday a ‘disgrace’ and has told Jorge Sampaoli that he could not afford to come back home with his team playing like that.

“I get the feeling there’s an anger at the heart of the team, Maradona, as quoted by BBC football.

“It’s a disgrace. Not having prepared for the match knowing that Iceland are all 1.90m tall.”

Sergio Aguero’s first World Cup goal put the La Albiceleste ahead on Sunday, but Alfred Finnbogason restored parity for the smallest nation ever to play in the World Cup.

Messi should have given Argentina the lead, but his 63rd-minute was saved by Hannes Halldorsson.

Maradona has leaped behind the five time World Player of the Year – saying the Barcelona forward gave it all on Sunday.

He added, “I don’t blame the players. I could blame the lack of work rate. But I can’t blame the players, much less Messi, who gave it all he had.

“I missed five penalties on the spin and I was still Diego Armando Maradona. I don’t think that they dropped two points because Messi missed a penalty.”

Argentina will face next group leader, Croatia on Thursday at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

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It’s Wednesday, July the 15th, 2026, and from secondary school classrooms, newspaper stands, bus stops, holograms, and inside top-notch firms alike, the chatter won’t stop, a national holiday is about to be declared, as word is still very much about how the Super Eagles of Nigeria won the FIFA World Cup in the United States, much to the patriotic ire of Donald Trump, ex-American president, three days earlier; the Eagles have recently made history by winning the first World Cup with 48 teams.

Not that it was straightforward, though. Preparations for the tournament from the Eagles camp had been blighted by the continuous loot of funds, presumably by members of the Slippery Snakes Society (SSS, pronounced ‘sss’) who are still at large, and the lack of sufficient resources to the national team has led to dispute between the nation’s president, Odunlade Adekola, and Nigerian Football Federation chief, the Android version of Amaju Pinnick, placed there by the real Pinnick himself some four years earlier.

 

('No I will not remove money from my meme allocations to fund the World Cup')

 

This kerfuffle between both presidents almost led to the resignation of national team head coach, Garba Lawal, who has tactically revolutionised the Eagles setup with his ingenious 3-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 formation, but Lawal was persuaded by Nigerians to stay in the job, although some other reports suggest that he was blackmailed by human rights activist Toke Makinwa.

Nevertheless, the Eagles, led by captain, Rabiu Ali, who’s somehow still 31, depart for the United States, as they are paired in Group E with Ukraine and Transylvania, the latter of which had gained FIFA recognition in 2023. With only three teams in each group, and two progressing to the next round, Nigeria know they can qualify for the last 32 with two draws, and as it happens, their first game, against the Transylvanians, ends up goalless, with the Eagles not even daring to cross their own halfway line, before another goalless draw against the Ukrainians sees them progress in second place behind their Day Two opponents.

The last 32 pits them with Cameroon, coached by Samuel Eto’o, who incidentally is also the president of the Cameroon FA, and the country at large. The Eagles fall behind early in the second half, but two late goals from Samson Okoro, who looks suspiciously like the Stanley Okoro of 2009, but with what like seems like a bleached skin and a hair transplant, takes Nigeria to the last 16, where they face surprise packages, Westeros, another country given FIFA recognition in the previous five years. The minnows are no match for Nigeria though, a comprehensive 4-0 win, thanks to four Rabiu Ali penalties, takes us to the last eight, a feat we had never managed before. As expected, the quarter finals prove to be a tough test, as opponents Spain, coached by Xavi, score twice inside the first 20 minutes, Marco Asensio curling in a direct corner kick, and veteran Alvaro Morata adding the second. But a rousing team talk sees an inspired Eagles fightback after halftime, goals from Kelechi Nwakali, and Alex Iwobi takes us to extra time and penalties, where three Francis Uzoho saves send us to the semis, the first African side to ever get this far.

The semis bring a familiar face, in Gernot Rohr and Mexico, also making their first ever last four appearance. The game ends in a 2-0 win for Nigeria, but controversy is sparked when Eagles skipper Ali spits in Rohr’s face for not taking him to the World Cup in Russia eight years earlier. Ali is subsequently ruled out for the final, against Portugal, led by 41-year-old player/coach Cristiano Ronaldo. La Selaccao dominate the game for the entirety of the 90 minutes, but a glaring error from goalkeeper Anthony Lopes allows Kelechi Iheanacho to score a late winner, his only touch of the entire tournament.

The final whistle goes, from California to Calabar, from Seattle to Surulere, Nigerians at home and abroad spark into delirium. After the initial celebrations and commiserations with the fallen Portuguese heroes, suspended skipper Ali is handed the trophy by FIFA president Jorge Mendes, as Ghanaians watch on through the depths of Instagram, while back home a certain Easterner measures where to place 23 about-to-be-designed statues.

 

 

 

**Despite our greatest dreams, and hopes, the above news is utterly and definitely not real. We wish!!

 

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