FIFA bans former Nigeria coach Siasia for life

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first_imgFIFA has banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia from all football activity for life after being found guilty of accepting an offer to receive bribes in order to manipulate matches.Siasia, who led Nigeria U20 and U23 teams to second-place finishes at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was also fined CHF 50,000 ($51K).The world football governing body confirmed it began an investigation into Siasia on February 11 of this year, which stemmed from an ongoing investigation into attempted match-fixing committed by Wilson Raj Perumal. FIFA determined the 52-year-old Siasia breached article 11 of the organisation’s Code of Ethics, having been found “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As a result of the verdict, Siasia has been handed an immediate lifetime ban from the sport as well as the additional fine. Siasia played for the Nigeria national team for 15 years, between 1984 and 1999, accumulating 51 caps and scoring 16 goals in his career for the Super Eagles.On the club level Siasia played for teams across the globe, with his longest tenure coming with Belgian side Lokeren, where he featured in 151 matches. He also enjoyed a couple of years with French club Nantes, while also playing in Saudi Arabia and Australia. Following his playing days, Siasia moved into coaching leading Nigeria’s U20 side and later the nation’s U23 side between 2005 and 2010.Siasia was appointed the head coach of Nigeria’s senior team in November 2010, though he lasted less than a year on the job after failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2011. He would return to the national team for a brief spell in 2016, as well as coaching the U23 side during the Rio Olympics. It is unclear during which coaching spells Siasia committed the infractions for which he been banned. Siasia is the second Nigerian tactician after Salisu Yusuf to have been punished as a result of involvement in bribery. Yusuf was caught on film taking money from men posing as football agents and subsequently banned for a year by the Nigeria Football Federation in 2018.last_img read more


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first_imgOrion Span, Inc./FacebookIf it seems like everyone and every thing is getting into space these days, that’s because they are. Even Elon Musk’s car has seen more of our galaxy than you have.That’s should change now that one pioneering company has announced they’re accepting reservations for the world’s first space hotel. The future is indeed now, folks.Orion Span has a simple mission: “Build and Sustain Human Communities in Space Accessible to All.” Its first step toward achieving that goal is a private space station dubbed Aurora Station. The exclusive hotel will provide adventurous, well-heeled travelers with a zero-gravity experience, stunning views of Earth and its polar regions from afar, and the opportunity to participate in legit research projects like growing food in space alongside professional astronauts.Aurora Station will orbit once every 90 minutes at an altitude of 200 miles above Earth. During the initial 12-day stay, hotel guests will be treated to a nearly endless cycle of sunrises and sunsets. Seats aboard the hotel are limited to just six total, including two crewmembers, so it will be an exclusive club indeed.If it seems like commercial space travel has opened up rather quickly for the average Joe, that’s because it has. Orion Span is fast-tracking the process of getting non-astronauts into space. The usual 24-month training regimen to prepare for life in orbit has been reduced to just three months. Via the company’s proprietary, three-stage Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC), prospective space travelers take an online course (seriously), complete an in-person training process in Houston, Texas, and wrap up the entire process on Aurora Station. However, we can’t help but think that some things — space travel training least among them — shouldn’t be rushed. Reservations are open now. Orion Span plans to have the Aurora Station space hotel in orbit by 2021 and accepting guests by 2022. The price for a 12-day stay is a reasonable USD $9.5 million provided you secure a USD $80,000 deposit. It does include a “free” ride to take passengers between Earth and the hotel.If that’s too rich for your blood, don’t worry. We’ll (hopefully) be at the debut media reveal, so we’ll send you a postcard from orbit. The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer last_img read more