Samson Siasia’s FIFA Ban To Expire In 2024, Eyes Football Comeback Latest

Former Super Eagles and Olympic Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, has revealed that his ban from football-related activities imposed by FIFA will come to an end in 2024, contrary to his earlier belief that it would conclude this year.

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Samson Siasia, who led the U-20 Flying Eagles to a silver medal at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands and secured an Olympic silver medal in 2008, shared this information during a radio interview on Kennis 104.1FM.

He expressed his initial excitement at the prospect of the ban ending in 2023 but clarified that a thorough examination of the FIFA documents revealed he would return to football next year.

“In August 2024, I will be free from the FIFA ban, and hopefully, I will be back to football,” Siasia stated. He candidly discussed the challenges he faced during the years of absence from the sport he loves and mentioned his diligent preparations for a comeback.

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Siasia’s ban stemmed from allegations of involvement in attempts to manipulate international matches for betting purposes. FIFA initiated disciplinary proceedings based on an extensive investigation into match-fixing efforts by Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer.

The initial punishment was a lifetime ban from football-related activities.

However, following a partial appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) by Samson Siasia, the ban was subsequently reduced to a five-year suspension.

Samson Siasia expressed his gratitude to God for this reduction and stressed that he had learned important lessons during the ordeal.

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The former Super Eagles coach’s eagerness to return to football is evident, and he is diligently preparing himself for a triumphant comeback once the ban expires.

The football community will undoubtedly be watching with interest as Samson Siasia aims to re-enter the sport he is so passionate about in 2024.

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