Samson Siasia slapped with a life ban and fined $50,000

Published on: 16 August 2019

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to 'the manipulation of matches.'

Siasia coached Nigerian National team from 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when Fifa believes he misconducted.

In a press release by FIFA, Siasia was  'guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.'

The sanction comes from an ongoing investigation conducted by Fifa into the behaviour of Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore.

The former Nigerian international 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 was suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.

Siasia won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, for whom he played over 50 times while scoring 16 goals.

Below is the media release from FIFA ethics committee