Assistant coach of Nigeria’s men senior national team, Salisu Yusuf, says although, he collected cash from an agent, his intention was not to influence his team selection.
Yusuf was caught on camera taking cash prior to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in January in Morocco.
The footage, exposed for the first time, was captured by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and recently handed to BBC Africa Eye.
In a letter to the BBC, made available by Yusuf, he confirmed he met two people who introduced themselves as football agents and that they had a discussion about players for the CHAN.
I COLLECTED $750, NOT $1,000
He says he neither promised nor committed to select the players nor asked for money, which he maintained was $750 not $1,000 as claimed.
However, he maintains he believe the money was not an inducement and fell within guidelines from the world governing body FIFA and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) about accepting gifts.
“I can remember giving them my honest answer to the end that if the said players were found suitable in the selection process, they would indeed be selected,” he writes.
“I did accept $750 handed to me by one of the two agents to the two Nigerian players only as a gift of trivial and symbolic value and not as an inducement to play the two players represented by the two agents.”
Ghana football administrator, Kwesi Nyantakyi lost his jobs with CAF and FIFA as a result of Anas’ exposé.
A man synonymous to mystery, Anas focuses on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.
In his words, “in our part of the world, sometimes simply gathering information is not enough. You need to back it up with hard core evidence and this is what I do.”
For former US president Barrack Obama, Anas is “a courageous journalist who risked his life to tell the truth”, while Microsoft founder Bill Gates describes him as “an undercover journalist who tells troubling but truthful stories in support of social justice in Africa”.
The name “Anas Aremeyaw Anas” is just a pseudonym. Aside from that, no one has ever seen his face apart from his family and people who knew him before his work took off.
WATCH VIDEO OF YUSUF ACCEPTING THE MONEY BELOW:
Nigeria’s top football coach, Salisu Yusuf, has been caught on camera taking cash. The footage, exposed here for the first time, was captured by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist @anasglobal and recently handed to #BBCAfricaEye. pic.twitter.com/O3RQTYJTJK
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) July 24, 2018
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