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    ‘I am on my own’ — Siasia begs FG to rescue mother from abductors

‘I am on my own’ — Siasia begs FG to rescue mother from abductors

Samson Siasia, a former Super Eagles player and coach, says he feels abandoned by the federal government after his mother's kidnap.TheCable had reported on July 15 that Ogere Betty was kidnapped at her Odoni residence in Sagbama, Bayelsa state.The 76-year-old previously been kidnapped in November 2015 and regained her freedom 13 days later.Siasia told TheCable that he is disappointed in Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa [...]

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    INTERVIEW: My uncle, Thompson Oliha, instrumental to why I chose Nigeria over England, says Solomon-Otabor

INTERVIEW: My uncle, Thompson Oliha, instrumental to why I chose Nigeria over England, says Solomon-Otabor

Viv Efosa Solomon-Otabor, the London-born Nigerian winger, says his uncle, Thompson Oliha, former Super Eagles player, was a big influence in making his decision to want to play for Nigeria instead of his birth country.Solomon-Otabor was born in London to parents originally from Edo state, Nigeria. Victor-Banks Otabor, his father, played for Bendel Insurance, NNPC, and Eagle Oil before moving [...]

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    ‘This is the most trying period of my life’ — Siasia writes CAS, appeals FIFA ban

‘This is the most trying period of my life’ — Siasia writes CAS, appeals FIFA ban

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, has appealed the life ban slammed on him by world football governing body FIFA.In a statement seen by TheCable on Thursday, Siasia's lawyer filed the appeal to FIFA on August 27, 2019.The statement also said that another appeal was sent to the Court of Arbitration for Sports on August 29, 2019.Siasia however denied involvement [...]

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    NFF: Siasia gave his all to Nigeria, we’ll investigate his FIFA Ban

NFF: Siasia gave his all to Nigeria, we’ll investigate his FIFA Ban

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has disclosed that its lawyers have started to review the decision against former Nigeria player and coach Samson Siasia by the FIFA Ethics Committee.Siasia was banned for life on Friday from all football-related activities on bribery and matches manipulation.In a statement by NFF on Monday, Seyi Akinwunmi, acting president of NFF who also is a [...]

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    Siasia cannot speak on FIFA ban… he’s still dealing with his mother’s kidnap, says aide

Siasia cannot speak on FIFA ban… he’s still dealing with his mother’s kidnap, says aide

Opukiri Jones Ere, media aide to Samson Siasia, says the embattled former Super Eagles coach's lawyer will look into the recent FIFA's life ban handed to him.Siasia who expressed shock over his ban by FIFA and called for a press conference was unavoidably absent on Saturday to clear the air surrounding the issue.Ere said the Olympic silver and bronze medal-winning [...]

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    FIFA bans Siasia for life over bribe, match manipulation

FIFA bans Siasia for life over bribe, match manipulation

Samson Siasia has been banned for life by FIFA after being found guilty over bribery and manipulation of matches.The former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach has been banned from all football-related activities over attempts to rig matches at international level.The world football's governing body said it opened disciplinary proceedings after a vast investigation into various international matches that Singaporean Wilson [...]

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    Gunmen kidnap Siasia’s mother

Gunmen kidnap Siasia’s mother

Beauty Ogere, mother of Samson Siasia, former coach of the Super Eagles, has been kidnapped.According to The Nation, gunmen broke into the residence of the 76-year-old woman in Odoni, Sagbama, Bayelsa state, on Monday morning.Odere was kidnapped in November  2015 and released her 13 days later.TheCable could not reach the former Super Eagles coach for confirmation on Monday as his [...]

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    Siasia, Kate Henshaw, John Fashanu named African freestyle football ambassadors

Siasia, Kate Henshaw, John Fashanu named African freestyle football ambassadors

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, has been announced as part of the ambassadors for the upcoming African freestyle football tournament.Announced alongside Siasia are Nollywood actresses, Kate Henshaw and Tonto Dikeh; John Fashanu, former professional English footballer, and Waidi Akanni, former Nigerian defender and former Head of Lagos State Football Association.Speaking on the competition, Valentine Ozigbo, chairman of Feet 'n' [...]

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USA ’94: Best, innovative, near perfect Super Eagles team ever?

With just few weeks to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the biggest talking point among football fans, media and Nigerians in general is how far the Super Eagles will go in Russia. This of course is always a re-occurent event few months to every World Cup year. Nigeria made its debut in the FIFA World Cup qualifier on [...]

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    Siasia: Why Rohr should have included Junior Ajayi in World Cup squad

Siasia: Why Rohr should have included Junior Ajayi in World Cup squad

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, has decried the exclusion of Al Ahly striker Junior Ajayi from Nigeria's provisional World Cup squad.Siasia believes Ajayi should have made the cut because of his performance for his club this season.He told TheCable that Ajayi's inclusion "could have been the right thing to do".He said: "Junior has proven himself with the Olympic team and [...]

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    INTERVIEW: I don’t think this set of Eagles can win the World Cup, says Siasia

INTERVIEW: I don’t think this set of Eagles can win the World Cup, says Siasia

Samson Siasia's role in Nigerian football is legendary. He succeeded as a player and achieved a lot as a coach and manager. Siasia scored Nigeria's goal against Argentina at the FIFA 1994 World Cup and scored 18 goals in 42 international caps since playing against Ivory Coast in January 1987.The 50-year old coached almost all Nigerian national teams but had challenges [...]

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Siasia: Nike has no respect for Nigeria

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles player and coach, says Nike showed they have no respect for Nigeria by adding black to the colours of the World Cup jersey.Speaking with TheCable in a February 9 interview, Siasia said nothing can be done about the jersey since the contract had been signed.The Super Eagles 2018 World Cup kit was unveiled on Wednesday [...]

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    PHOTOS: Siasia, Obanikoro, Kanu Nwankwo attend launch of Ighalo’s orphanage

PHOTOS: Siasia, Obanikoro, Kanu Nwankwo attend launch of Ighalo’s orphanage

Odion Ighalo on Saturday unveiled his charity pet project, 'Ighalo Orphanage'.The Super Eagles striker who plays for Changchun Yatai football club of China grew up in the slums of Ajegunle.Ighalo says his childhood inspired in him the need to help the underprivileged in the society.Nollywood stars, politicians and ex-footballers attended the launch ceremony which took place at the Bespoke Centre in [...]

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    Super Eagles, Lions of Teranga lock horns in London

Super Eagles, Lions of Teranga lock horns in London

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Thursday play Senegal in a friendly match in London.The friendly match is in preparation for the all important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against African champions, Cameroon.The Lions of Teranga and the Eagles have met twenty times since their first encounter on February 27, 1963 in the Kwame Nkruma Cup.Nigeria has won nine [...]

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    Siasia shortlisted for Rwanda coaching job

Siasia shortlisted for Rwanda coaching job

Samson Siasia, former gaffer of the Super Eagles, is among eight coaches being considered to head the Rwandan national football team.His biggest rival for the job is Winifried Schafer, who won the 2002 African Cup of Nations with Cameroon.Siasia, who made his name as a top international striker, scored 16 goals for the Nigerian national team in 51 games before he [...]

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How Nigeria faired in major sports in 2016

For Nigerian football, the year 2016 was packed full of amazing contradictions for Nigeria sports, man made errors, needless controversies, lack of planning, financial challenges, lessons learnt as well as failures from familiar places and honors from places and circumstances unexpected.Welcome to Nigeria sports, where controversies are definitely to be expected.The year 2016 in Sports was a bitter-sweet experience [...]

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