The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday, said that it was "shocked" by FIFA's decision to impose a life ban on former national coach, Samson Siasia and vowed to overturn it.
FIFA says it banned Siasia, 52, from football, following a
long-running investigation into convicted match-fixer, Wilson Raj
After his arrest, Perumal collaborated with investigators.
FIFA's Ethics Committee found Siasia "guilty of having accepted that
he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in
violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics."
Acting NFF president Seyi Akinwunmi said in a statement, that the
FIFA report had been given to the body's lawyers "to study and provide
legal advice to the federation," he said, adding that Siasia "gave his
all for Nigeria."
The statement added: "The NFF was shocked to learn of the
investigation and subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee
(Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia.
"He is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian.
"We respect the FIFA processes. The least we as a Federation can do
is empathise with him at this time make ourselves available to him and
hope that in some way he is able to clear his name."