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Manu Garba denies bribery allegations, considers legal action

16 June 2015, 17:19

Lagos - Nigeria U20 coach Manu Garba has denied allegations he collected bribes to field certain players at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

In an exclusive interview with News24, Manu acknowledged that an unknown person has been using his name to solicit for bribes via Facebook, but says he has never collected bribes from any agent to field any particular player.

“I did not and have never collected bribe from any agent to field any player,” he told News24, “Somebody has been using my name and picture on Facebook to ask for bribes but that isn’t me.

“I am not on Facebook and I have never solicited for bribes from any agents or players. Whoever says he has paid bribes to me should provide proof of how they paid such to me,” he said.

Also read: Flying Eagles coach takes responsibility for W/Cup exit

The 49-year old has been under fire since Nigeria’s exit from the FIFA U20 World Cup, where they lost 1-0 to Germany in the round of 16, with allegations he collected bribes to play certain players at the expense of the more established players he had on the team.

But Manu has denied the allegations, and has pleaded with the media to help investigate the issue, adding that he will be suing for damages.

“I want the media to investigate this issue and those people that claimed to have paid bribes to me should provide the bank accounts they paid into so the culprits can be traced.

“I will also be suing for damages because I haven’t collected bribes from anybody,” he concluded.

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