Nigeria: Yusuf Set to Return to Super Eagles Job After One-Year Ban

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13 September 2019

Indications have emerged that Coach Salisu Yusuf who was suspended by the Nigeria Football Federation on account of his involvement in a bribery incident will soon return to his position as Head Coach of the Super Eagles.

It will be recalled that in 2018, Salisu was found guilty of collecting an amount of money reported to be around one thousand dollars.

He was subsequently sanctioned by the NFF Ethics Committee with a fine of $5000 and a one-year ban from football-related activities.

Before his suspension, the former Kano Pillars and Enyimba FC coach was also in charge of the national U-23 team, the Olympic Eagles.

Following his suspension, a former junior international, Imama Amapakabo was upgraded to take charge of the Home based Super Eagles and the Olympic Eagles.

However, the embattled coach has fully served his one year suspension and a statement released by the Nigeria Football Federation yesterday showed clearly that Yusuf will soon be in the dugout for the Super Eagles, the Home-based Super Eagles and Olympic Eagles.

The statement from the NFF read "The Nigeria Football Federation has noted that the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf has now fully served the one -year suspension clamped on him last year.

"The Federation thanked Coach Imama Amapakabo for his sterling efforts while in charge of the U23 National Team in the absence of the suspended Yusuf, and for eventually seeing to the team's qualification for the U23 AFCON."

57 year old Yusuf had led the Home-based Super Eagles to the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana and the 2018 CHAN in Morocco before his suspension by the Nigeria Football Federation.

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