The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied recalling to any of the national teams the suspended Super Eagles’ Coach, Salisu Yusuf, whose one-year ban from all football related matters expired recently.
Various online publications reported on Thursday that the coach, who was caught on camera accepting cash from undercover reporters last year had been recalled.
In the video, Yusuf was seen accepting to receive some money in exchange for the invitation of two players, including Kano Pillars captain, Rabiu Alli, to the 2018 CHAN team then going for the African Nations Championship in Morocco.
Alli eventually made that team.
Following the incident, the NFF Ethics and Disciplinary Committee found Yusuf guilty of breaching the terms of his contract and subsequently banned him for a year with a $50,000 fine.
On Thursday, NFF’s Head of Communications Department, Ademola Olajire, said in a release that the federation had ‘noted’ that Yusuf had served his ban, adding that the board would meet later to deliberate on his future.
However, a top official of the NFF, who pleaded anonymity, also told The Guardian that Salisu would not come near any of the national teams until further notice, adding that the federation viewed his offence as a serious issue, which would not be waved away so soon.He affirmed that Coach Imama Amapakabo would still head the U-23 national team, as well as the CHAN team preparing for the WAFU Cup and the CHAN 2020 qualifiers.