BREAKING: Ex-Super Eagles coach Siasia ban for life by FIFA

Nigerian Football News By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/08/2019

Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has been banned for life Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) after he found guilty for bribery on Friday.

The 52-year-old won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria also represent his nations in World Cup in the USA for whom he played over 50 times while scoring 16 goals.


In a statement released by the ethics panel on Friday, Samson Siasia has been guilty of bribery.

"The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, 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 formal ethics proceedings against Mr Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes. This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities. 

"In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr Siasia.

"The decision was notified to Mr Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into force”.

Siasia 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.

The Bayelsa-born coach Flying Eagles from 2005-2007, before taking over the Nigeria U-23 from 2007-2010 and had two spells with the Super Eagles in 2010-2011 and 2016.

He also guided the Nigeria U-23 to a bronze win in Olympics 2016.