The Nigeria Football Coaches Association has pledged their support for embattled Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, who insists that he is innocent of bribery allegations made against him.
This was after he was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents in a “sting operation’’.
The Tidesports source reports that the footage was captured by controversial Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in September 2017, and was broadcasted for the first time by BBC Africa Eye.
In the video, the chief coach of the Super Eagles, and first assistant during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, appeared to have received 1, 000 dollars (N360, 000) to select two players for the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) championship.
He was further promised 15 per cent by the men posing as football agents of the players once they are able to seal a deal abroad.
The association pledged their support in a statement by its Chairman, Ladan Bosso, who is also the head coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League Club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
According to the statement, the association said they did not believe the coach should be held liable for any wrongdoing, even though they respect the FIFA code of ethics.
“It is clear to the blind that the coach’s stand wasn’t distorted by the “triviality”of the pecuniary gift made to him.
“The players in question prior to the issuance of the gift had already made the team, and were in fact among the pillars of the team,” the statement said.
“We do not think that the integrity and reputation of football has been affected by this, though we shall investigate further as it dents the reputation of our association and members.
“Again, we think that the coach should be commended for stating clearly that players’ selection is based on performance.
“It makes no sense that our colleague, who earns over N3 million would stoop so low for pittance of 750 or 1000 dollars, which does not compare to the salary he earns. The trivial nature of what he received is the issue.”
Today’s FM Holds U-20 Soccer Fiesta, Dec
The maiden edition of Today’s FM Under 20 Soccer Fiesta is set to commence first week of next month, at Treasure FM football field in Port Harcourt.
Speaking in a media briefing, last Friday, at the boardroom of the Station, in Port Harcourt, the chairman of the organising committee, Emeka Denar, said the tournament is basically to expose hidden talents within that age bracket.
According to him, the Soccer Fiesta is another way of giving back to the society and, to foster peace and unity in the State.
“This is the sixth year of our existence as a radio station in the State, so this Soccer Fiesta is to give back to the society. We decided to choose U-20, because there are backlog of talented players in that category. So our interest is to give them a platform to show case their talents”, Denar said.
The chairman further explained that the Fiesta would be on knock out basis and 16 teams are expected to participate in the novelty edition.
“The winner of the tournament is to walk away with N300, 000, while second and third positions will go home with N200,000 and N100,000 respectively. Registration has commenced with N10, 000 only”, he stated.
Also, speaking, the Head of News in the station, Victor Ezeama, said the competition is open for sponsorship, saying that the station would sustain the tournament.
On the issue of age cheat, the consultant of the tournament, China Acheru, assured the sponsors that they would try their best to check age cheating.
“We will try our best to check age cheating; even FIFA has not succeeded totally on that. I know some will scale through and some will not,” Acheru said.
Lala Happy To Score First NPFL Goal
Jigawa Golden Stars attacker, Abdullahi Musa Lala, says he’s delighted to score his first Nigeria Professional Football League goal for the Club.
The former Katsina United forward was on target for the Northern side in their 2-1 loss to Wikki Tourists of Bauchi in NPFL opener last Sunday
The young and pacy winger opened the scoring for Jigawa Golden Stars, before Wikki Tourists replied with two quick second half goals to snatched all the three points at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe.
“I am so delighted to score my first Premier League goal in the colour of Jigawa Golden Stars.
“Despite the loss, we gave a very good account of ourselves as a team.
“I wish to dedicate that goal to my teammates and the entire fans of Jigawa Golden Stars FC for giving Wikki Tourists a good fight in front of their fans.
“It has been my target to score in the first match of the league and I thank almighty Allah for given me the privilege to finally register my goal account in the NPFL, he said.
“This is just the first goal, I am very sure more are still coming because I am working hard in order to score in every game I will play.”, he said
Abdullahi Musa Lala recorded four goals and three assists in eight games for the newly promoted side last season.
Usule Eyes NPFL Top Scorer Award
Enyimba forward, Martin Usule, has set his sight on the Enyimba and Nigeria professional football league top scorer award at the end of the season.
Usule was on target for the People’s Elephants in their CAF Confederations Cup first leg victory over TS Galaxy of South Africa in Aba
The former Niger Tornadoes and Katsina United attacker is optimistic that he can kick on from his first goal for the Club and get more.
“I am so excited to have scored my first and second official goals for Enyimba in the CAF Confederation Cup against TS Galaxy of South Africa.
“I want to inform our fans to keep calm and keep praying for us and we won’t disappoint them.
“I don’t really have any number of goals in my mind as target for the season; my major target is to be crowned Enyimba top scorer by the end of the season. He declared.
“I want to score as many goals as possible for Enyimba”, he said.
Usule will however be in Enyimba squad for the clash with his former side Katsina United in the Matchday two of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
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