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FIFA bans Samson Siasia for life


2016 Rio Olympics – Soccer – Semifinal – Men’s Football Tournament Semifinal Nigeria v Germany – Corinthians Arena – Sao Paulo, Brazil – 17/08/2016. Nigeria’s head coach Samson Siasia (R) reacts next to Germany’s head coach Horst Hrubesch during the second half. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Federation of International Football Association Friday said it has banned former Nigerian coach Samson Siasia for life on “all football-related activities” over allegations of match fixing.

FIFA also said Siasia, 51-year-old, has been fined CHF 50,000 ($51,051.66).

FIFA said in a statement 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.”


He is the third African to be banned by Fifa for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Bakarr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.

Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team scoring 16 goals and later coached various national youth sides before he was appointed as the senior coach in 2016.

He won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.


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