It has been a bitter-sweet-bitter experience for Samson Siasia who is at the moment under a FIFA-imposed life-ban on all-football related activities.
Few weeks ago, his mother was kidnapped. Then two days after his birthday, he was ban from activity in the only industry he is known for.
His ban, according to FIFA is connected with match-fixing allegations and association with the kingpin of match fixing, Wilson Raj Perumal.
Although, FIFA was not specific of the match(es) allegedly fixed, Siasia’s immediate reaction, according to information picked from different sources by www.sportsvillagesquare.com, was a denial.
He allegedly claimed to be oblivious that he was being investigated by FIFA since February this year. But information later emerged that he was contacted by e-mail and was given the end of March to file his defence.
On Saturday, according to a NAN report, Siasia, spoke to journalists in Abuja through an associate, Opukiri Jones-Ere.
It was claimed that his lawyer was looking into the matter. The former Super Eagles forward said he was hopeful of a positive conclusion of the matter.
“We want to please plead with everyone to be calm as the issue has been handed over to a lawyer and he is looking at the case.
“So, at this moment, Siasia will be unavailable to speak to the press.
“I want to also appeal to you all to be patient with us, considering the fact that he is already going through so much stress with regards to his mother’s kidnap which we are dealing with at the moment.
“We appreciate you all for your concerns and solidarity messages which have received from the onset of this situation.
“So, my kind appeal is that you all give us some time for the lawyer to look into the case and as soon as possible, hopefully by next week, we will come up with our position and further action to be taken on the issue.
“On behalf of the family of Siasia, we want to once again thank you for your concerns and we pray that this will end well,” he said.
Sports Village Square recalls that in December 1990, Siasia was one of the trio at the centre of the two-year ban imposed on Nigeria for conflicting dates of births at the World Youth Championship (now called U20 World Cup) and the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.