Samson Siasia has been handed a life ban by Fifa for reportedly fixing matches.
According to BBC, the former Nigerian coach was also fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to “the manipulation of matches.”
Per the statement shared by the outlet, Siasia was found “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.” And this sanction stems from an ongoing ‘large-scale investigation’ Fifa is conducting into the behaviour of Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore.
This makes the Nigerian legend 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 were suspended in July for five years and for life, respectively.
Siasia was the coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a while in 2016. He also served as coach of the Under-20 and Under-23 sides.
The period he made the infractions had yet to be made public as at press time.