FIFA’s Verdict Is Unfair, Siasia Reacts To Lifetime Ban

Samson Siasia.                                                                                                 Photo: Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP

 

Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has described FIFA’s decision to ban him for life as unfair.

In an interview with Channels Sports, Mr Siasia says he did not receive bribes and expects the adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee to have a fair hearing before giving a verdict.

Siasia admits he was contacted by the committee via e-mail but didn’t see it during the period of investigation.

According to the former Super Eagles coach, it is unfair for FIFA to give other people involved in the investigation a one-year suspension and issue him a lifetime ban.

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Siasia was expected to brief the media today in Abuja but didn’t show up for the briefing.

However, his legal representative confirmed that there is a planned legal action against the decision.

Fifa imposed a life ban on the former Super Eagles player after finding him guilty of accepting that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.

In addition, he has been fined 50,000 Swiss Francs, that’s about 18.5 million naira.

Under-23: Nigeria Beat Mali 3-2 In Senegal 

Under-23The national Under-23 team has gotten their campaign at the under-23 African Cup if Nations in Senegal, on a solid note with a 3-2 win over the Junior Eagles of Mali in a five- goal thriller.

Tunisia-based junior Ajayi netted a brace, while Usman Mohammed was on target for dream team six in the first half.

The Malians dominated the second half firing two quick goals in ten minutes, but the Under-23 team held on to pick their first three points.

Nigeria leads the group B with three points while group opponents Egypt and Algeria have a point each.

The Dream Team VI will face Egypt in their next game on Wednesday.

Siasia Invites 31 Players To U-23 Training Camp

siasiaHead Coach of the Nigerian national U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has called up 31 players to camp in preparation for next month’s All-Africa Games, in Brazzaville, Congo.

The list, which is made up of mostly players who qualified the Dream Team for the games, has some new faces including Lucky Jimoh, Bright Onyedikachi and Olisah Ndah amongt others.

The invited players are expected to report in Abuja from Wednesday, August 12.

The dream team will face Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the men’s football tournament from September 3 to 18.

Recently, Siasia picked 20 players for the crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.