The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the return of Salisu Yusuf to the national team, following a year-long suspension for his involvement in a bribery incident.
Last year, Yusuf was found guilty of collecting an amount of money reported to be around $1,000.
The former Enyimba and Kano Pillars coach was caught on camera receiving money to influence his team’s selection for the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana.
He was sanctioned by the NFF Ethics Committee, with a fine of $5,000 and a one-year ban from football-related activities.
However, On Thursday, the federation announced his return, while appreciating stand-in coach Imama Amapakabo for his contribution during his absence.
“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,” an official statement said.
It remains to be seen if Yusuf will guide Nigeria to the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations in Senegal, which is billed to start from September 28.