The coach of the Nigeria U23 team, Samson Siasia, has vehemently denied the bribery allegation levelled against him by some players who claimed they were dropped from the Dream Team VI squad because they failed to offer bribes.
Speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt ahead of this weekend’s Olympic Qualifiers against Congo, Siasia stated that he was being impersonated on social media platforms like Facebook. He said anybody with a credible proof of him collecting bribe should bring out such to the public.
“I haven’t collected any form of bribes from anyone since I started coaching, and I will never do such,” the Beijing Olympic silver medal winning coach said. “Some persons have been using social media account which I am not aware off to talk to players. The public should note this, I don’t have a Facebook account. I dislike it when people decide to spoil my name. It is sad and unacceptable. If you have proof against me, show it to the world.”
Several allegations have been flying around about Siasia collecting bribe. Only recently, Pahang FA striker, Dickson Nwakaeme, told football portal allnigeriasoccer.com that he was dropped from the 2008 Olympic team because he could not pay the N2m bribe demanded from him.
Meanwhile, Congo’s U-23 boys expected in the country on Friday will face the Nigeria U-23 team in a final round, first leg qualifier for the 2nd African U-23 Championship, coming up in Senegal in December this year.
Siasia’s wards expect a tough match against Congo, which eliminated Ghana’s Black Meteors in the last round and is coached by experienced Frenchman, Claude LeRoy.
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