- Samson Siasia has sought the assistance of Nigerian billionaires Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola
- The former Super Eagles coach is in dire need of N36 million to appeal FIFA life ban
- He was banned for bribe-taking and match fixing leaving his glorious career in jeopardy
Former Nigeria's Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has solicited the assistance of prominent Nigerian billionaires Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote as he seeks to press an appeal against a life ban placed on him by football regulatory body FIFA.
Siasia's career, in what looked like a double tragedy after the abduction of his mother, was left in jeopardy after being handed a life ban over allegations bordering on bribe taking from players in early September 2019.
He was said to have also broken FIFA codes of ethics for accepting to receive gratification in 'relation to the manipulation of matches, and has since been banned "from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level."
He however vowed to fight for his career by appealing the FIFA ruling, a move hindered by financial constraint after Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) told him to pay before his appeal can be considered.
According to Sporting Life, Siasia was required to pay 100,000 Swiss Francs amounting to a staggering N36 million.
The former captain has now called on Nigerians to come to the aid of his career which is taking a gradual surge into oblivion.
“I’m appealing to the Dangotes (Aliko) and Otedolas (Femi) of this world to help me as I have only 10 days to file an appeal in Switzerland. Should I fail to appeal before 10th of this month, the appeal would never be heard again,'' Siasia said.
“I’m appealing this matter to clear my name. Football is what I have done all my life. That is the only thing that has brought food to my table. I’m begging all Nigerians for help so that my coaching career won’t terminate on October 10,” he appealed.
Siasia led Dream Team to win bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Ogere Siasia, mother Samson Siasia, was released by her abductors after ten weeks in captivity.
Siasia's 80-year-old mother was released, alongside two other family members who were in kidnappers' den.
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