FIFA Bans Coach Samson Siasia for Life

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Coach Samson Siasia of Nigeria got a lifetime ban from  FIFA for involvement in match-fixing. This was after the ex-super eagles player and manager agreed he received bribe for match-fixing. Apart from the ban, he was also fined CHF 50,000 ($51K).

The investigation for receiving a bribe to fix match began on February 11, 2019. Samson Siasia was indicted in the ongoing investigation of attempted match-fixing committed by Wilson Raj Perumal. The act by Samson Siasia is against article 11 of FIFA’s code of ethics and hence was found guilty.

Wilson Raj Perumal is an Author and match-fixer. He is a convicted Singaporean match-fixer who has been accused of several match-fixing scandals. He was accused of match-fixing between 2007-2009 and again between 2008- 2011. He co-authored his match-fixing memoirs in his book “Kelong Kings” released in 2014 with investigative journalists: Alexandro Righi and Emmanuele Piano

Perumal claimed in the book he helped Nigeria and Honduras to the final rounds of the 2010 South Africa FIFA World Cup by fixing their qualification matches, and also fixed matches in the Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008 Olympic games.

In an investigative, report called “Killing the Ball” produced by Invisible Dog, Perumal described how he ferried the Nigerian National team to 2010 FIFIA World Cup in South Africa by rigging their qualification match against Kenya played on November 14, 2009, in Nairobi. Samson is suspected to have been indicted in one of the match-fixing for Nigeria done by Raj Perumal

Before the Ban, Samson Siasia has a good career as a player and coach. He had 51 caps for the 15 years he played for the Nigeria Super Eagles and scored 16 goals. He also has 151 caps for Belgian side Lokeren. He also spent a few years with Nantes, and as well playing in Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Samson Siasia was the coach of Nigeria’s U20, U23 before he was appointed the head coach of the Nigeria Super Eagles in November 2010 and was sacked in 2011 as he failed to qualify the Nigeria national team for African cup of Nations.