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Salisu Yusuf, a coach with Nigeria’s national men’s football team is to face FIFA sanctions if allegations that he collected bribe to influence a match outcome is proved beyond reasonable doubt

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Salisu Yusuf, a coach with Nigeria’s national men’s football team is to face FIFA sanctions if allegations that he collected bribe to influence a match outcome is proved beyond reasonable doubt.

He was caught on camera accepting money from men posing as football agents to influence his squad selection for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Said to have been captured in September 2017 by controversial journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who was also behind the scandal that rocked the Ghanian Football Federation that led to the resignation of president Kwasi Nyantakyi, the incident brings to fore the rot in the football system.

Yusuf was coach of home-based Super Eagles to CHAN last February in Morocco, where they finished as runners-up to the hosts.

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The footage, which saw the coach pocketing $1000 (N360,000) to pick two players for the championship, was broadcasted by BBC Africa Eye on Tuesday.

In the video, one of the ‘agents’ told Yusuf,“ So if anything goes through and these players are able to get their contracts, you will get 15% of that contract,” to which the 56-year old replied; “they will be in CHAN.”

Yusuf has since denied the allegation, insisting that he did not promise or commit to selecting any player for the competition, also clarifying that he received $750 not the $1000 claimed in the report – an amount he says falls within the gifts FIFA code allows.

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Qatar 2022: Tunisia’s World Cup hopes suffer setback after losing to Australia

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Hopes of Tunisia making it out of Group D at the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup is now hanging in the balance after the Carthage Eagles narrowly lost their second group match to Australia 0-1.

The match played at the Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday saw Australia taking control of the first half and completely outplayed the Tunisians in every area of the game and was duly rewarded with a goal scored by striker Mitchell Duke scored midway through the first half with a glancing header past keeper Aymen Dahmen.

The win was the Socceroos’ first World Cup victory in 12 years and moved them into second place in Group D behind reigning world champions, France.

Though Tunisia improved remarkably in the second half, they could not break down the Australian defence line which defended resolutely and was able to curtail everything the North Africans threw at them.

Tunisia’s next match is against group leaders France and is a must win if they are to advance from the group.

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Qatar 2022: Senegal gets Africa’s first win, wallop host 3-1

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The Terenga Lions Senegal on Friday, stormed to a 3-1 pummeling of host Qatar in their second match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup, thus giving the African continent its first win in the tournament.

The Afcon 2021 Champions, without their injured talisman, Sadio Mane, got the first goal late in the first half after a defensive error which saw striker Boulaye Dia drilled home after Qatari defender Boualem Khoukhi tried to make a clearance under no pressure but didn’t connect properly.

Early in the second half, Famara Diedhiou struck to make it 2-0 with a sublime header from a corner.

The West Africans were pegged back by Qatar substitute Mohammed Muntari who gave the hosts a glimmer of hope with a powerful header to make it 2-1.

But the fightback only lasted for six minutes before Bamba Dieng restored Senegal’s two goals lead with a smart shot from a cut back.

The win means that Senegal will qualify from Group A if they beat Ecuador in their last group match next week.

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