Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has insisted that his ministry did not abandon former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia as being claimed by the former striker.
Siasia had claimed that Dare and the ministry abandoned him after his FIFA ban for alleged match fixing.
Special Adviser (Media) to the minister John Joshua-Akanji said in a statement in Abuja that contrary to insinuations by Siasia that he was abandoned, the minister actually raised money for him.
He added that the Minister responded positively by taking the matter of his plight to the attention of individuals and organizations to intervene.
“The ministry, through the Minister, was able to raise the money which Siasia personally collected, while he was also connected to persons and entities who raised money to assist him in appealing his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). In response to concerted appeal launched by the Minister, the Governors of Lagos, Edo and Delta made available money which was handed over to Siasia at different times. A couple of individuals, at the instance of the Minister, also raised money which was handed to him in cash,” Joshua-Akanji said.
He said the minister also rallied round to ensure Siasia was given a fair hearing.
The Court of Arbitration for Sports recently upturned Siasia’s life ban by FIFA to five years, after he filled an appeal at the global sports court.