Sports Minister refutes Siasia’s claim of neglect during FIFA Ban fallout

Written by on June 30, 2021

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has accused former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia of being economical with the truth in the wake of his life ban by FIFA.

World football body FIFA’s life ban to Siasia in 2019 for allegedly agreeing to receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches was on June 28 reduced to five years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with the court also canceling a fine of $50,000 imposed on him.

Siasia, in a press conference in Abuja, on Friday disclosed that he met Dare after the ban, but alleged that all the minister could say was that there was no money.

But Dare said the 53-year-old coach was given cash, adding that details of the transactions would be made public soon. 

In His Reaction to Dare’s claim, Siasia, who coached the U-23 team to Olympic silver and bronze wins, challenged the sports minister to provide evidence that he collected money from the ministry and the government.

Credit: Punch

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