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FIFA Bans Siasia For Life Over Alleged Complicity in Match Fixing

FIFA Bans Siasia For Life Over Alleged Complicity in Match Fixing

FIFA has announced a life ban for former Super Eagles coach and player Samson Siasia,from all football related activities, for allegedly being guilty of accepting to receive bribe and fix matches, Completesports.com reports.

FIFA however failed to name the actual matches that Siasia agreed to help betting baron to manipulate.

The world soccer ruling body made the decision known in a media release on Friday.

“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 bribe in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA code of ethics,” reads the release from FIFA.

“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr Siasia were iniated on 15 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 article 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 fee 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 was capped 51 times by Nigeria and scored 16 goals. He was part of the Super Eagles team that conquered the rest of Africa at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, and debuted at the FIFA World Cup in the USA same year.

Aside from managing the Super Eagles, Siasia has also coached the Nigeria U-20 and U-23 teams on two occasions in the past.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Sampson Siasia?

    I can’t believe this…

  • Emeka 5 years ago

    That why black coach can’t coach oyibo

  • Chima E Samuels 5 years ago

    They ban him because he is a threat to them. With Siasia Nigeria could win a major fifa trophy one day, because so far he is the closest black coach to almost win the Olympic football game on two occasions. Ban him for life and ban Salisu for just one year what sense does it make?

    Another propaganda inside life!

    • Oakfield 5 years ago

      @Chima, I’m surprised you could reason like this. Did you think before post the above? It’s really incredible how most of us reason all bcos of our likeness for someone. When did and how did sisia become a threat to FIFA. Is he amongst the FIFA excos or is he one of the excos in caf? Which top-flight club or national team is he coaching that makes him a threat to FIFA? Salisu’s case is a national FA matter and I bet u that he would have been handed a life ban if his case wasn’t an internal matter. My friend open your eyes and accept the reality, put your love for your man siaone and accept the fact that he’s corrupt. Breeze Don blow and we can clearly see fowl yansh! Na this kind person some people want to be in charge of our national team. Corrupt people to the core. E remain aigbogun and his group of corrupt entities.

      • And this makes sense, because it brings to light the players he failed to call up to the national team

  • Footballfanatic 5 years ago

    My friend, head to the Court of arbitration for sports and appeal that bS ban but if u agreed to take bribe…you are in the wrong too.

    • Chima E Samuels 5 years ago

      Yes i read on sporting life and he has no idea of this fifa drama. He is taking them to CAS this makes no sense to finger someone of wrong doing without following due process by listening to his side.

  • Vitalis 5 years ago

    Chima Samuel shot up ur mouth of u don’t have any meaningful things to say, if u are accusing FIFA of partiality, accuse them with fact and proof, don’t always believe that there is ojoro in everything. And for Sia sia if u re innocent then seek for justice and may God help you.

  • Salisu was a local issue just like. Sam Aladise was to English FA.
    He has aright of apeal any way.
    But I wonder how Siasia could have fixed a march in 2919 when he was neither a coach nor a player nor even FA member.
    Or could have the kidnaping of his mother pushed him into this if at all it is true?
    I feel so bad for him and for the SE.
    As a matter of fact, I was hoping someday that a combination of Siasia and Amuneke will make Nigeria or BIAFRA and indeed Africa proud by playing in the world cup final.

    • Chima E Samuels 5 years ago

      Salisu was not local issue because Salisu scandal happened during the CHAN and any tournament that involves other country is termed international.

      And this siaone’s issue is even more suspicious when you hear he is yet to receive any letter from fifa about anything but read it on the news, fifa also has decided not to state the match fixing involving Siasia, if some people on this forum know nothing about ethics and protocol they are better stay mute.

  • Ololo 5 years ago

    What a shame.. In as much as I so much love this coach ,I would say I’m very disappointed in him..
    This is one reason why a Nigerian coach shouldn’t smell the super eagles chief job because they wouldnt allow corruption leave them alone.
    How I wish the match in question was listed for us to see but if I’m to guess I would say Nigeria vs Egypt those Egyptians then having not qualified for Afcon for some time were so desperate for a win and surprisingly Siasia who was brought in to temporarily replace oliseh took an under power team for the two legged encounter. Imagine a player like aminu leading our attack and one Stanley amuzie at right back..
    No wonder we were 60 something then in FIFA ranking

    • Glory 5 years ago

      Stop kidding man. I understand your anger about local coaches unprofessional attitude to their job but we must not allow ourselves to be reviewed,like our forefathers did when they fell to d tricks of d white thieves. We are in d 21st century, where hidden camera/ recorders are the thing of d day. Let FIFA come with clear evidence/ proof as well as allow Siasia defend himself,otherwise it’s just a case of giving a dog a bad name so everyone can kill it with a stone. We of this present generation must show we are wiser than this cheap trick.

      • Glory 5 years ago

        I meant… don’t allow ourselves to be decieved,like our forefathers…..

        • Ololo 5 years ago

          So you honestly think FIFA would ban somebody for life I repeat for life without having a strong case and proof against him..
          As the article said FIFA refuses to disclose the match in question as a symbol of respect not to further dent his image. FIFA is an international body and besides he wouldn’t be the first to be banned for life wasn’t slep blatter and his assistant for corruption regarding quater world cup. If he thinks he was wrongly accused he should defend himself besides he has the sum of 18 million to pay as fine if he feels he is innocent then he should not pay

          • Glory 5 years ago

            Really @ Ololo, u suprise me. Why will FIFA refuse to disclose fact they have used to ban someone for life? Does that make sense to you @ololo. Does that not tell you it’s all fabrication they fear could be challenged n ultimately get them into big trouble. Where in this modern age you find someone guilty without evidence/ proof n a chance for accused to defend himself. I m not speaking to defend anything bad but speaking for transparency.

        • How can dey ban him for life. Without letting do public know do reason .anything with 4 legs is good. But don’t hen has 2legs. So new rule . Any animal with 2 legs and 2 feather is good .even the animals make consesion. So fifa sia is d one coach tormentng ur white coach from Africa. Day reason u ban him. Without evidence.

    • Right there @ that match still puzzles my mind till this very day. Oliseh didn’t really leave with no hope. All Siasia needed to do was to navigate through these two winnable matches.
      I watched that team,and it didn’t play like a Siasia team even.Not just the poor scoreline but the poor play,unlike the Siasia we know. I was baffled and began to wonder what happened,I imagined a lot of things,even imagining that he may have sabotaged that match to get back at NFF for his earlier sack.Hehe many thoughts jare.
      Who knows this two-legged tie was fixed for reasons best known to whoever.

      But ofcourse,I like to get clarity on things first. Much as I should trust FIFA,I refuse to believe FIFA is infallible, only God is. So I like to see details and hear from Siaone too.

  • Jeffrey 5 years ago

    This is serious. Eni taa gboju okun le, ko jeni a gba. Many look you to him as a role model but painfully, he has let them down with this single act.

  • Glory 5 years ago


  • Article from 2014. “I helped Nigeria qualify for the 2010 world cup”. Siasia was coach of Nigeria 2010 to 2011.

    Lagerback was the coach for the world cup 2010, but who was in charge for the world cup qualifiers? That was Shuaibu.


  • This is another reason a local coach should never handle the super eagles again. My Kobo opinion.

  • Greenturf 5 years ago

    I do not see Samson Siasia as one to fix a match.Its hard to believe this,we have to be patient and see how things unfolds in the coming days.
    Actually,we need to hear from Samson Siasia,it’s too early to call him names because end of the day he could be innocent I hope he’s.

  • Pompei 5 years ago

    This is absolutely depressing news. I’m gutted. As Greenturf said, let’s see how things unfold. I hope and pray Siasia is innocent and is vindicated. If he is guilty as charged, then he will have to face the music!

  • Siasia, obviously, was not the only one served a life ban by FIFA. There were several others from other countries after an extensive investigation of the confession of the man below. Read:

    “Who is Wilson Raj Perumal?

    Wilson Raj Perumal is a notorious match fixer. He fixes matches for Asian betting syndicates. He has been jailed in several countries and he believes that it was his match fixing gang that turned on him and ensured that he was jailed.

    Therefore, he told the police about his match fixing activities and also wrote a book about it.

    He claimed that he fixed matches in the football tournament at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He also said that he helped Nigeria and Honduras to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. He said that he tried and failed to fix several English Premier League matches. He was also involved in match fixing scandals in Singapore and Finland.

    Wilson Perumal was also involved in the biggest match fixing scandal to hit Zimbabwe. It is alleged that players, coaches and officials of the Zimbabwean FA were paid huge amounts of money to fix matches during the Zimbabwean national team’s tour of Asia in 2008 and 2009.

    It is alleged that Samson Siasia agreed to accept bribes from him, but it is not specified whether the bribes were actually paid.”

  • Greenturf, Pompei and  Kel were standout so in the comments and reactions so far. You were neither bias nor sentimental, kudos to you guys. Actually, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I ascertained Siaone is the culprit hitherto I ve not accepted or considered the news to be true until Siasia defends himself in the court of sports arbitration. In fact, I’m nursing the ambition of Siasia coming to the fray in handling our national teams once more. The news is a rude shock to me at the moment. If Siasia is not guilty then FIFA must compensate him or sue FIFA but if he is guilty the avaricious attitude in many Nigerians has obviously affected  him too. May God intervene for Samson Siasia and Nigeria as a whole. 

  • Sunnyb 5 years ago

    Guys pls let’s us not rush to judgment let’s hear from Siaone, but this looks serious oooo, life ban, very sad and his Mum still with the kidnappers.. for now our prayers and thoughts is all  the family needs. 

  • de dey crase nii….? not possible to ban omo9ja coach and mentor.

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    FIFA didn’t ban coach Salisu, Mr. Amaju, his vice and Mr. Diko, why Mr. Siasia?

    I trust nobody but based on this issue, let’s here from Mr. Siasia.

    CSN, you didn’t carry any news when CAF fired Mr. Amaju. You twisted the news about him. For sure, sooner or later, his script will be available to all Nigerians to read.

    Court orders Mr. President, his vice and Diko to showed up in the court of law but they didn’t go. Now, the court is expecting to meet with the three of them again on November 21 while Mr. Amaju and his colleagues are relying on Festus Keyamo.

    “The free fall from grace to grass has continued for the president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick after he was dropped from all CAF standing committees including the all-powerful AFCON Organising Committee, which he headed.

    A top CAF official exclusively said ”Amaju has been stripped of his membership of all CAF committees including being President of the very important AFCON Organising Committee.

    He is now just an ordinary floor member on the CAF executive committee.”

    Besides previously holding down the Presidency of the AFCON Organising Committee, Pinnick was also a member of the Emergency Committee, which is widely regarded as the engine-room of the continental ruling body.

    CAF President Ahmad Ahmad Thursday fired Pinnick as his 1st president and replaced him with Constant Omari from DR Congo following a litany of allegations brought against the NFF boss.

    SCORENigeria further gathered that two of the other NFF officials accused of corruption – Seyi Akinwunmi, Shehu Dikko – will also suffer the same fate.

    Akinwunmi is member of the Organising Committee for Youth Africa Cup of Nations U17, U20 and U23, while Shehu Dikko is on the Organising Committee for Inter-Clubs Competition and Club Licensing System.

    CAF are currently reworking their various standing committees to be more effective and take in persons of proven integrity”.

    No2. FIFA boss Infantino fails to save Amaju Pinnick from CAF sack.

    SCORENigeria can specially reveal that despite pleas by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has fired NFF president Amaju Pinnick as CAF 1st Vice President.

    The positions of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents are appointed by President Ahmad Ahmad and not elective.

    Pinnick’s post has now been taken up by Constance Omari of DR Congo, while Fouzi Lekjaa from Morocco is now the 2nd Vice President.

    South Africa Football Federation (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan has been appointed the CAF 3rd Vice President.

    He is widely considered to have a bigger profile than the Nigeria FA boss after he organised the hugely successful 2010 World Cup for the very first time in Africa.

    It was learnt that Infantino asked Ahmad Ahmad “to reconsider” his decision to remove Pinnick, but the CAF boss it was also learnt was not prepared to be undermined by lieutenants he previously trusted.

    “Pinnick was a changed man days leading up to his sack,”

    “The man that oozes arrogance was suddenly as humble as a chicken.

    “In the past week he begged everybody and anything to ensure he was not ‘disgraced’, but the President was unmoved.”

    He made several overtures for his boss to soft pedal on firing him.

    Only this past week CAF disowned claims by the Pinnick-led NFF that a whopping $565,473 was spent for them to attend a CAF Congress in Egypt in 2015.

    Pinnick’s dismissal now opens the way for him to face corruption charges back home in Nigeria after he has allegedly evaded doing so on various occasions.

    The Nigerian government has brought a 17-count charge against Pinnick and four other top NFF officials, ranging for embezzlement to failure to declare their assets.

    He was reported to have told government officials he was best positioned to be the first Nigerian to head the continental football governing body.

    It was a gimmick he had hoped will deflect the weighty and criminal charges against him.

    Now tell me where were you CSN when this happened? So, only Siasia news you can carry? So many things has been happening to Mr. Siasia. Can you see that something is fishy somewhere? The time will tell.

    I will do whatever it takes to take Nigeria back because I love my Country. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Omo9ja 5 years ago

      My mistake. I mean to say hear not here. God bless Nigeria!!!

      • Kai,that’s a lot of news on Mr Amaju. Why are we not hearing much of these? If it’s not fake news, then let all corruption be exposed abeg. Reading these give me something like goose bumps as a Nigerian.I feel embarrassed.
        You mean the NFF President has been doing all these? My God!

  • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

    Hmmmm……Those scam friendlies against Argentina in 2011. The referee for the first one we won in Abuja has long been banned by FIFA. And how on earth the 2nd leg ended up being played in Bangla-where……????? Bangladesh…. of all places is becoming clearer now.
    Its quite unfortunate for Samson Siasia. I really feel for him at this period. If he can prove his innocence then I wish him good luck……otherwise a big lesson for everyone.

  • This is what FIFA is trying to do. If anyone approaches you in the name of influencing the match in anyways should be reported to FIFA via the country’s federation. This is exactly what Samson Siasia didn’t do. He gave the impression that if given cash he will collect it. Let me ask this question: Siasia has been fined CHF50000(N18,000,000???). What will happen if he refuses to pay? If I am Siasia I will not even bother to respond if I am sure I am innocent. I will not pay that money. Until FIFA send people to come meet me to brief me well and I am put in the picture.

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