Nigerians have voiced their displeasure at the ban handed by the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) ban on Salisu Yusuf.
Yusuf, 56, was suspended for one year with a fine of $5,000, payable within the next three months, following its conclusion of an investigation into bribery allegations.
Video footage of Yusuf allegedly collecting a cash gift from investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who posed as a representative of Tiger Eye Agency to influence the selection of two players, had surfaced in July.
However, the coach initially denied any wrongdoing, insisting he only accepted the money as a gift, and not as an inducement in the selection of the players supposedly represented by the undercover reporter.
The Ethics Committee, chaired by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, in a report submitted to the NFF Secretariat on Tuesday, stated that from Salisu’s subsequent admission and documented video evidence of receiving $1,000, it was a deliberate decision to accept the cash.
However, Nigerians believe the ex-Kano Pillars boss should have received more blows.
A one-year ban is a slap on the wrist for Salisu Yusuf, in my opinion.
— Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) September 5, 2018
Says a lot about a country, when her journalists make a case corruption…
Say all you want.. Salisu Yusuf should not be allowed around Football again after this disgraceful act.
1year Ban and $5000 fine..is a shame to our country.@thenff is a Joke.
— Kelechi Nkoro (@K1Says) September 5, 2018
Salisu Yusuf is another example that indeed it pays to be a criminal in Nigeria where tolerable corruption is the order of the day!
Steal money, Collect Bribe, Give Bribe
When caught, bribe the panelists
Get a soft punishment
— Superstar Influencer (@LadiSpeaks) September 5, 2018
Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf fined $5000 and 1yr ban by the NFF.
This is someone caught on camera receiving bribe o.
This is a huge joke!
He should have been banned for 10yrs it not for life.
— H E N R Y ™ (@Onos_147) September 5, 2018
$5000 fine and 1yr ban for Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf.
The NFF should have just fired him. Is he the only good football coach in Nigeria? He was recorded collecting a bribe, we all watched it.
Your company will fire you for less.
— Wale Gates 🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@walegates) September 5, 2018
Salisu Yusuf banned for a year?
1. Was he found guilty of the clearly proven and undeniable allegation?
2. Will he return to be service and be paid with tax payer’s money?
Indeed it pays to be a criminal in Nigeria where tolerable corruption is the order of the day.
— Okhuosi Larry Eghosa (@larryeghosa) September 5, 2018
In a sane country, Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf would’ve resigned after the circulation of that video of him receiving bribe, but… This is Nigeria
In a sane country, NFF ought to fire (not suspend) him after said misconduct, but… This is Nigeria.
— Lérd Chigbọ ā (@itschigbo) September 5, 2018
Coach Salisu Yusuf shouldn’t have bothered the NFF Ethics Committee. He should have resigned. It’s not a good example when you’re found guilty of bribery. You lose respect and honour from everyone, especially your players. But it’s understandable in this part to not ‘walk away.’
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) September 5, 2018
So, the @thenff ethics committee have recommended just one year ban for coach Salisu Yusuf after collecting $1000 bribe from an undercover journo posing as football agent…
The question is, is the recommended punishment is enough for the offence committed by Salisu Yusuf…
— #SportHob (@TomiwaBabalola) September 5, 2018