The former manager of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia has been banned from football for life.

A match-fixing investigation has been carried out by the world governing body of football FIFA.

The investigation discovered the former Super Eagles manager had agreed to receive bribes in return for fixing matches.

In a statement published by Goal.com, FIFA said:
“FIFA has banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia from all football activity for life after being found guilty of accepting an offer to receive bribes in order to manipulate matches.”

 

“Siasia, who led Nigeria U20 and U23 teams to second-place finishes at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was also fined CHF 50,000 ($51K).”

The investigation decided that Siasia had broken the strict rules outlined in article 11 of the FIFA code of ethics.

The statement continued to say that Sasia was:

“Guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics.”

“As a result of the verdict, Siasia has been handed an immediate lifetime ban from the sport as well as the additional fine.”

Another Nigerian footballing delegate,  Salisu Yusuf had already been found guilty and punished for a similar breach.

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Yusuf was actually filmed taking money from investigators posing as sports agents. His punishment was only a one-year suspension.

Siasia had an illustrious career with the Super eagles. He had 51 caps and scored 16 goals in his time with the national team.

He traveled the globe on a club level, playing, in Belgium, France, Saudia Arabia, and Australia.

As a coach, he has worked exclusively with the national team project.

He has coached the U20’s and the U23’s for five years, before moving to the senior team for a short and very unsuccessful spell.

The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations under his tenure.

In 2011 his employment was terminated by the Nigerian Football Federation. Only for him to return five years later to coach the national team again and the U23 at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

No definitive timeline has been given by FIFA as to when the infractions of the code of ethics have taken place.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – OCTOBER 13: A FIFA logo next to the entrance during part I of the FIFA Council Meeting 2016 at the FIFA headquarters on October 13, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

 

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