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Siasia seeks help from Otedola, Dangote for N36m to appeal FIFA ban

Kidnappers contact Siasia, demand N70m in exchange for his mother

Former Nigeria international, Samson Siasia has called on billionaires Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote for financial support to enable him pay the mandatory 100,000 Swiss Francs (N36.4m) appeal fee at Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The ex-Super Eagles coach was handed a life ban by world football governing body, FIFA over claims that he accepted to receive bribe and manipulate matches.

Siasia has until October 10 to pay the mandatory appeal fee at CAS before his appeal against the ban can be heard at the court.

In a chat with CompleteSports, the embattled Nigerian legend, who had just received his aged mother from the den of kidnappers, said he has been into football all his life and would like to clear his name.

“I’m appealing to the Otedolas and Dangotes of this World to help me,” he said.

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“I have only five days to file an appeal at CAS and should I fail to appeal before October 10, the appeal would never be heard again.

“I’ve been into football all my life. I can’t just stop for an offence I know nothing about.

“That’s reason I’m taking this matter to CAS, at least to clear my name. That (football) is the only thing that has brought food to my table.

“Nigerians should please help me out. I don’t want my coaching career to terminate on October 10.”

Siasia was coach of the Super Eagles between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016, and also served as coach of the Nigeria’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides.

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