Lawyers handling Nigerian coach ban by Fifa

Terver Dominic, Abuja

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A former Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia has appealed to Nigerians for time to make an official statement on his ban from football activity by World Governing football body FIFA.

FIFA had on Friday banned the former Nigeria under 23 team coach, from all football activity for life after being found guilty of accepting to receive bribes, to manipulate matches.

Coach Siasia was expected to address the press in Abuja but instead it was his associate, Prince Opukiri Jones, who spoke to the press and said that Siasia lawyers were looking into the issue and would make an official statement in due time.

“We want to plead with you that the issue has been handed over to lawyers and they are looking at the case so at the moment coach Siasia will be unavailable to speak to the press…I want to also appeal that Siasia is going through so much stress concerning his mother’s kidnap which we are dealing with at the moment,” he said.

According to the world’s football ruling body, the 52-year-old breached the 2009 edition of the Fifa Code of  which says “Officials may not accept bribes; in other words, any gifts or other advantages that are offered, promised or sent to them to incite breach of duty or dishonest conduct for the benefit of a third party shall be refused. Officials are forbidden from bribing third parties or from urging or inciting others to do so in order to gain an advantage for themselves or third parties.”

Siasia who led Nigeria U20 and U23 teams to second-place finishes at the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics was also fined $51,051.66.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere