Siasia turns to Dangote and Otedola for help
Former Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has solicited the assistance of prominent Nigerian billionaires Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote as he seeks to press an appeal against a life ban placed on him by football regulatory body FIFA.
Siasia’s career, in what looked like a double tragedy after the abduction of his mother, was left in jeopardy after being handed a life ban over allegations bordering on bribe taking from players in early September 2019.
He was said to have also broken FIFA codes of ethics for accepting to receive gratification in ‘relation to the manipulation of matches, and has since been banned “from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”
He however vowed to fight for his career by appealing the FIFA ruling, a move hindered by financial constraint after Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) told him to pay before his appeal can be considered. According to Sporting Life, Siasia was required to pay 100,000 Swiss Francs amounting to a staggering N36 million. The former captain has now called on Nigerians to come to the aid of his career which is taking a gradual surge into oblivion.
Siasia led Dream Team to win bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.