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FIFA Ban: Ministry Raised Money For Siasia

Minister Of Sports, Sunday Dare has revealed that the Federal Government raised money for former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia to fight his FIFA ban.

It would be recalled that Siasia was banned for life by FIFA for his alleged involvement in match-fixing before the ban was reduced to five years by CAS few weeks ago.

Siasia said that he was abandoned by Nigeria having represented the nation as a player and as a coach.

However, Sunday Dare has come out to counter his claims saying the Ministry raised money for Siasia.

“The ministry, through the Minister, was able to raise the money which Siasia personally collected while he was also connected to persons and entities who raised money to assist him in appealing his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

“In response to concerted appeal launched by the Minister, the Governors of Lagos, Edo and Delta made available money which was handed over to Siasia at different times.

“A couple of individuals, at the instance of the Minister, also raised money which was handed to him in cash,” Joshua-Akanji said.

“The Minister stayed on top of the case by pulling all strings to assist Siasia.

“In addition to the governors of Edo, Delta and Lagos, he (Dare) made an appeal to Gov. Kayode Fayemi who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor.

“In another instance, the Minister took Siasia on a visit to the then Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, to appeal for support for him.

“Siasia’s claim that government did nothing to assist him is untrue, deceitful, and misleading.

“While there is no budgetary provisions for such incidents, the Ministry and the Office of the Minister gave Siasia all the support that led to the mitigation of his life ban from football-related activities,” Joshua-Akanji added.

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