Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia is lamenting the most trying period of his life as he appeals a life ban from FIFA.
FIFA on August 16 said the adjudicatory chamber of its independent Ethics Committee found the 51-year-old Siasia guilty of match-fixing and consequently banned Siasia for life from all football-related activities and fined him $50,000.
But Siasia, whose mother is still being held by kidnappers, urged Nigerians and the Nigeria Football Federation to assist him, adding that his career was built on integrity, hard work and consistency.
“I must state that this is the most trying period of my life. I am still dealing with the pain and challenges of my mother being kidnapped again and fighting to secure her release.
“I urge the nation to support me with prayers, goodwill and support of all kinds. The demands are very heavy.
“I built my career in the football industry on the foundation of hard work, integrity, consistency and God. It is my greatest hope and belief that my country also stands by and with me at a time like this.
“In my entire career, I have done nothing but serve my country and clubs to the best of my personal and professional ability, with all my strength and might, with discipline, pride and passion and awareness that it is a privilege to be an ambassador of our great nation.”
The former Nigeria international, who was appointed Super Eagles head coach from 2010 to October 2011 and was reappointed in 2016, has appealed the ban.