FIFA bans former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia for life following a match fixing probe
Siasia claims that he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about the scandal for the first time
Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has reacted angrily to FIFA’s decision to impose a life ban on him.
The world football governing body on Friday, banned Siasia from all football-related activities, after being found guilty over bribery and attempt to manipulation of matches at international level.
However, speaking with ex-Media Officer of the Eagles, Colin Udoh, he said: “I don’t know anything about this.
“I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.”
Siasia made it clear he will fight to clear his name.
He also claimed that he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about the scandal for the first time.
Why FIFA Banned Samson Siasia?
FIFA said in a statement on Friday (August 16) that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”
The 51-year-old Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team and later coached various national youth sides before a spell as senior coach in 2016.
The case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, who FIFA has called a “known match fixer” and who has admitted such activity in several interviews.
FIFA said that he was banned for life “from all football-related activities that is administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”
Siasia has also been fined $51,000.
Brief History of Samson Siasia
Samson Siasia is a Nigerian and a former football striker for his country. He was the former head coach of the Nigerian Men’s National football team (also known by their nickname The Super Eagles) from 2010 to October 2011. He was reappointed in 2016.
Siasia played 51 international matches for Nigeria, in which he scored 13 goals, and was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and won the 1994 African Nations Cup. He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won bronze at 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal. He participated in the National Team over a period of 11 years and was recognized in Nigeria as the third leading scorer for the National Team. (Credit: wikipedia)