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Siasia frowns at official objections to Japanese
Coach Samson Siasia has questioned the morals
of Nigeria Football Federation and Sports
Ministry officials who are ‘grumbling’ about the
$390,000 donations made to the team by
Japanese surgeon, Takasuya Takasu.
The Japanese flew all the way to Brazil to hand
cheques to Siasia and John Obi Mikel after they
won soccer bronze of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
But top Nigerian sports officials have called for
investigations to the source of the money.
Takasu is a well known plastic surgeon in Japan.
He even went to the Nigerian embassy to make
his intentions known. “What actually happened is
that the man was just curious how a team that
was neglected and abandoned could arrive Rio
under five hours and defeat the Japanese team
that had all they needed and have been put
together for over three years, that was his
“These guys who are saying they want to do all
manner of checks, what have they done for us?
Do you know that since we returned, nobody from
the NFF or Ministry has called us to say that we
did well. The president came and just talked and
that was it, well it is not the first time he will be
When players don’t even have $100 dollars in
their pocket and you want to come and preach to
them.” Siasia said the entire amount of $390,000
was shared equally among all the members of
the team including the supporting staff.
“The Japanese benefactor said $200,000 and
$190,000 was supposed to be for bronze medal
and it was split among the players and officials
equally. It is not my personal money and this
must be made clear.
“What I got was what every other player of
official in the team got about $14,000 dollars
each. The man came to Salvador where we
played and gave $200,000 as draft to me and
$190,000 to Mikel because he cannot write
cheque to every member of the team, he made it
simpler so that we all can share the money and
now we are paying to the individual accounts of
So make this issue clear to everybody that has
been following it, the money was never meant for
me or Mikel alone but for the entire team
including the doctors and other backroom staff”.