It was reported that former Nigerian coach Samson Siasia was found guilty of match-fixing in 2019. With this, he was given a life ban from football. However, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) reduced his punishment to five years. The verdict included a cancelled fine of CHF 50,000.
‘Mr Siasia is banned for 5 years from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) as of 16 August 2019. The Panel acknowledged the need for sanctions to be sufficiently high enough to eradicate bribery and especially match-fixing in football’, CAS said.
Siasia’s deeds were revealed when Wilson Raj Perumal confessed to international match-fixing during a wide investigation by football’s world governing body. This might also be one of the reasons why there was a change in the odds of football betting in Nigeria.
Siasia is a former striker and head coach of the Nigeria national team. He also played with Julius Berger (1982-1984), Flash Flamingos (1985-1986), El-Kanemi Warriors (1987), and 6 other teams before he became the coach of Flying Eagles in 2005. He led the squad to both the U-20 African Youth Championship and the 2005 Under-20 Cup.
Before his deeds were revealed, he became one of the five foreign managers auctioned for the new Bengal Premier League Soccer in 2012. In 2018, Siasia was one of the 77 coaching applicants for the Cameroon national team.
Wehliye to lobby players and form the African Super League
Saudi Central Bank Consultant Mohamed Wehliye claims that he will lobby the Football Kenya Federation to form the African Super League. He also expressed his desire to become Gor Mahia’s chairman.
‘When I become chairman of Gor Mahia In Sha Allah, I will lobby big clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs, Al Ahly, TP Mazembe, Zamalek, Wydad Casablanca, Al Merrikh, Enyimba etc to form Africa Super League’, Wehliye said.
One of the reasons why he is eyeing to become the chairman of Gor Mahia is that the squad proved their worth after winning three league titles. They also moved from the 16th position to the fourth. This simply means that they have a big chance of securing the title.
The idea of forming a Super League started when Simba SC’s CEO, Barbara Gonzalez, discussed the guidelines for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections in Morocco. As a matter of fact, CAF President Patrice Motsepe insisted on the need for such a league to become more competitive and for the squads to be recognized internationally.
‘The executive committee may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF. Its member associations and bodies also aim to contribute to the African football to become globally competitive and self-sustaining’, Motsepe said.
‘In this regard, we are assessing and in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls’, he added.
There are European teams who started the process of forming the Super League but were discontinued. This is because of the intense pressure from the fans, stakeholders, and even the government.
With this, there are a lot of players and fans who are looking forward to this league. This could also be one of the reasons why football betting in Nigeria will become among the hottest talks of the town once again. So, you should stay tuned and keep up with the latest updates.