“l Will be Free From FIFA Ban In 2024 – Samson Siasia
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By Amaechi Agbo
Former Super Eagles and Olympic Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia has disclosed that his ban from football related activities by FIFA will elapse in 2024.
Siasia who lead the U-20 Flying Eagles to win silver at 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Netherlands and Olympic silver medal in 2008, said although he had thought his five-year ban would expire this year, he added that a careful study of the documents (relating to his ban) showed that he would return to football next year
“I thought I was going to be free by this year (2023) and I was so excited,” Siasia said in a radio interview on Kennis 104.1FM
“But I had to look through the document that FIFA served me, and I found out that it was going to be next year.
“By next year, in August 2024, I will be free from the FIFA ban, and hopefully I will be back to football.”
Siasia added that the past years without him being involved in football have been terrible. He noted that despite the duration of the ban, he has been preparing himself to bounce back from the setback
“Irrespective of what happened, I have learned my lessons, but FIFA, who initially gave me a life ban in football, could not prove anything wrong with what they claimed I did. But they had to reduce it to a five-year ban, and it will expire next year. I thank God for that.
“It has been terrible to be away from football for five years, but I am preparing myself to come back to football, so I have to prepare myself so I can start ‘running’ once I resume by next year.”
The former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach was banned from all football-related activities over attempts to manipulate matches at international level.
The world football’s governing body said it opened disciplinary proceedings after a vast investigation into various international matches that Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer, had attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.
“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,” FIFA statement said in 201
Although the ban was intially announced to be a life long ban, following a partial appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS by Siasia, the ban was reduced to five years.
Siasia’s Managerial Timeline
Samson Siasia, from Bayelsa State, was a former Super Eagles striker, he part of the team that featured at the 1994 FIFA world cup in America
He was also with the team that won AFCON Bronze in Senegal, in 1992
In 2007, he was appointed national Olympic Eagles (U-23 coach). And in 2008, the U-23 team won the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia
Also in same 2008, he coached the Olympic Eagles to the finals of the Summer Olympics…where he won Silver Medal after losing to Argentina
On 17 March 2009, he was reappointed as the head coach of the Flying Eagles to replace Isah Ladan Bosso who finished a disappointing 3rd in the 2009 African Youth Championship
On 4 November 2010, after an awful World Cup outing by the Super Eagles, Siasia was was named as the national team coach to succeed Swedish Lars Lagerbäck
However, he was fired in October 2011 for failing to take the Super Eagles to the 2012 African Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
On 26 February 2016, he was named by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the Chief Coach of the Nigeria national team, and was assisted by Salisu Yusuf, Emmanuel Amunike and Alloysius Agu after Sunday Oliseh left his position as Head Coach
When the going gets tough, he returned again to the Olympic Eagles (U-23) post in 2015 and, led Nigeria to the Rio Olympics, where he won Bronze medal in football event with the team.
In addition to his position as head coach of the Under 23 Olympic Eagles, he established an academy in the capital city Abuja, called SiaOne Soccer Academy