The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dr. Sanusi Mohammed has brushed aside reports of bribery allegations levelled against the head coach of Nigeria U-17 team Manu Garba by some section of the media in Nigeria.

In a telephone chat with , Sanusi termed the report as a figment of the writer’s imagination insisting it is baseless and without merit.


“Such allegations are normal, we received same last time out when Emmanuel Amuneke was head of the team but just like we stuck by him until he proved us right by winning the U-17 World Cup same support we will give to Manu Garba” He told

“We have long stated that anyone who has valid claim of bribery should tender his or her evidence to us and see what we will do next, as for the Manu Garba that I know, that Nigerians know, rumours of cash for spot in his team are baseless and lacking merit, I can say it’s a figment of the writer’s imagination.

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“This is a clear case of when you fight corruption, corruption fights back as we are aware of people who have tried to use their authority at times money to influence the choice of certain players in the U-17 team but to no avail, am saying so as someone who have been to their training and can testify on how transparent the selection process has been”.

*Ahmed Ishaya