By Ben Efe
Football administrator and Higher Institutions Football League promoter, Ahmed Gara-Gombe has cautioned Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to withhold his support for his assistant, Salisu Yusuf who has been ensnared in a bribe for jersey scandal.
Yusuf was caught on tape by controversial Ghanaian Journalist Anas Aremeyaw, accepting $1,000 for him to field a certain player during the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco. In offering his assistant support, Rohr had declared that Yusuf was a “honest victim.”
However, the Nigeria Football Federation is probing the incident and it is waiting for Yusuf to state his own side of the story.
“What did you expect? Rohr will naturally back his assistant. He wouldn’t accept that his man is corrupt, because it also means that he too is taking bribes. Where he comes, such things are frowned at and such occurrence will demand his resignation.
“Before the World Cup Daniel Amokachi did say so much about coaches taking bribes. And his message was very clear. So we must caution Rohr to wait till the NFF ethics committee submits its findings before he can back his man,” said Gara Gombe.
Already football enthusiasts, suspected that something fishy occurred at the last 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia. Why players like Alex Iwobi and Tyronne Ebuehi warmed the bench, other players who did not measure up in form for club and country, made the team. It remained a puzzle.
Of note was the last group D game against Argentina, where it was obvious some players had no business playing in that game, yet they stayed on till so much water had passed under the bridge.