Nigeria Football Federation to help Siasia fight FIFA ban
London, August 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on Monday it was “shocked” by a life ban on former national coach, Samson Siasia by FIFA for bribery, vowing to defend and do everything possible to help overturn the ban
Already, NFF has sent the FIFA comprehensive report on why Siasia was banned to its lawyers “to study and provide legal advice to the federation”
After his arrest, Perumal collaborated with investigators.
FIFA’s Ethics Committee found Siasia “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”
Acting NFF president Seyi Akinwunmi said in a statement that the FIFA report had been give to the body’s lawyers “to study and provide legal advice to the federation,” he said, adding that Siasia “gave his all for Nigeria.”
“The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia,” said the statement.
“Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian”, he said.
“We respect the FIFA processes”, said Akinwunmi but added, “the least we as a Federation can do is empathise with him at this time make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name.”
The 51-year-old former Nigerian international played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team and later coached various national youth sides before two spell as senior national coach