FIFA ban: Odegbami cries for help for Siasia

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Former Green Eagles’ skipper, Chief Segun Odegbami, has pleaded with Nigerians to come to Samson Siasia’s aid as FIFA hammer dangles over the former senior national team gaffer. Odegbami on Monday made this passionate appeal to Nigerians for the embattled coach to clear his name in alleged match-fixing claim by the world football governing body, FIFA. In his piece, titled: “Samson Siasia does not deserve to be abandoned NOW!” the 1980 AFCON winner noted that he can hardly recognize “the present-day Nigeria from the country I was born into, grew up in, and served in my own little ways. “Beyond politics, corruption and poor governance that have raped and left this abundantly rich and blessed country prostrate with poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, millions of jobless youths, ethnic crisis, kidnappings, senseless internecine killings, and more, I find that we have arrived at the final frontier, that point beyond which there can be no redemption –  our humanity. Where, when, how did we become such a completely dehumanized people without love and compassion for each other? “Everything about the Nigerian could fail but not the spirit of community and concern for the weak, the afflicted, and the aged in society. Nigerians welcomed strangers with open arms, treated them without discrimination, like kings and queens, and provided for them an atmosphere where they could flourish even at the expense of their own people. That was the Nigeria of old. “Suddenly those values are disappearing fast. “I am forced again to write about Samson Siasia. “I have done so twice in the past 6 months, drawing attention to the plight of a man who has been unjustly condemned by FIFA for a crime that some of us believe he never committed, and that FIFA has never taken the trouble to clearly state so that the world would know what he did (or did not do). “Nigerians forget so quickly and easily who Samson Siasia is, and what he has done for Nigeria, and should never have been left alone at this period of his greatest challenge. “FIFA passed a ‘death’ sentence on him, a life ban from the only activity he has always known throughout his life – football –  because he failed to respond to an email sent to him to come and defend himself in a scandalous matter of match fixing. “Samson cried out to the world, (and many did not believe him) that he never saw the mail because he had not been using that particular email box for his correspondences for some time. True or not, the facts still remain that nothing categorical was ever traced to him resembling ‘match fixing’ – not a particular match, not a team, not a player(s). “He had some contact with a man, as did a lot of people involved in one football business or the other, that was caught for fixing matches. Does that make everyone that knew him complicit? The man was a registered football agent that does various businesses in football with many people, teams, players, federations and coaches within the football circuit. “The only way for Samson to defend himself was to lodge an appeal with the Court of Sports Arbitration, CAS. He could not raise the exorbitant cost before the deadline given. Through the effort of his lawyers, the matter was raised again with CAS, who now gave him a lifeline to defend himself, at a private sitting in CAS’s office in Switzerland, in the month of January. “I have followed his case remotely, asked probing questions, and I now see that Nigeria, through its football authorities, has not been fair at all to the man that served the federation and country so diligently, and is facing a charge that reeks of injustice from one mile away. They could have investigated on their own and let Nigerians know what they think rather than just keep silent and allow their innocent servant rot in ‘jail’. “If Samson was involved in match-fixing it makes sense to assume it must have been with one of the teams or players he was involved with – any of the three Nigerian national teams and the players in the teams. Those were the only teams he was involved with during his entire 12 years’ career as a national team coach. “There is not one of the national teams, or one of the players that played under him throughout his career that has been named in any match-fixing charge. “So, what match(es) did he fix, or was he only an accessory to fixing? How, where, when? “You cannot separate him from a team, or players in alleging the offence he is purported to have committed. In this case, he has only ever coached Nigeria’s national teams where his records are impeccable and without blemish. “The least the Nigerian government could do for him is request their Football Federation to conduct a quiet investigation of their own, and brief government before abandoning him to his fate.” Siasia has until mid January 2020 to file his defence against the match-fixing claims before the Court of Arbitration for Sports.Tags: AFCONFIFAFIFA read more

Fiammetta: Enthusiastic postseason hopes simply illusions

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Wisconsin’s first trip to Ohio Stadium since 2009 was so cruel to the Badgers that you’d have to wonder if some sort of karmic revolt conspired to shatter the hearts of Bret Bielema & co. one more time.In the span of one week, the Badgers have plummeted from a team with national title aspirations, and a quarterback with Heisman Trophy hopes, to one wondering how far it can sputter with the wheels fallen off and the season having taken the worst possible turn.But for all the misery that, for whatever reasons, struck a team and a fan base so gosh-darn happy to finally have a seemingly elite squad that would once again carry Wisconsin to the BCS promised land, there are very clear reasons why it was all a flash in the pan. The Badgers, for all their sheer brilliance through the season’s first six games, are simply not as good as everyone thought.It was absolutely so exciting for Wisconsin to get behind Russell Wilson and drive the RussellManiaXVI Heisman campaign, and the fact that a Rose Bowl berth was suddenly designated as Plan B is a resounding testament to the progress this program has made over the past two years.And while a return trip to Pasadena remains scarcely feasible, the Badgers’ first two true road tests of the season proved that this team just wasn’t ready for actual upper-echelon status. Calling them “fraudulent” is likely a bit excessive – they did fall by a combined 10 points in two of the toughest environments in the country – but the Badgers showed over the past two weeks that all the illusions of grandeur envisaged in Madison really were just illusions.The statement reeks of clich? over-simplification, but to a great extent, it’s true – legitimately great teams win on the road. Squads “destined” for postseason greatness do not allow two blocked punts in back-to-back weekends, on the road in the heart of the Big Ten schedule. Teams that finish atop conference standings and computer rankings follow up on quick starts; they don’t get outscored 26-0 in the second quarters of two games after opening the first quarters with 21 unanswered points.The realizations discovered Saturday night in Columbus are harsh, and the numbers only bolster their sting. Wilson finished 20-of-32 for 253 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, but he missed more throws than he had in any game (as a Badger) to date. Montee Ball, despite finishing with a 5-yards-per-carry average, was held to just 85 yards and one touchdown rushing and receiving respectively. Wisconsin’s rushing attack as a whole mustered only 89 yards, the first time the Badgers have failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark since Nov. 21, 2009, at Northwestern.Wisconsin even exited Ohio Stadium with a plus-one turnover margin, though its greatest miscue – the blocked punt in the third quarter – proved more critical than any negative play from Ohio State. The blunders committed by the Badgers over the past two games have been so monumental that it’s a wonder they were able to mount desperate comebacks not only once, but twice.That speaks to the unmistakable talent on this team, but it also highlights a sizable void that, until it’s filled, will bar Wisconsin from maximizing its potential. The Badgers lost so much following the Rose Bowl – J.J. Watt’s mesmerizing ability to produce in the biggest moments and his sheer willpower, as well as the aggressive leadership on and off the field of Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt – that it’s kind of a wonder national title hopes once seemed so genuine.The abrupt fall from grace normally would provoke questions regarding the leadership on this team, but even the most brief look at Wisconsin’s four captains seems to debunk them. Wilson, though far from perfect against the Buckeyes, put the Badgers firmly in the national title picture and very nearly avoided this midseason collapse with two stellar late, late comebacks on the road. Bradie Ewing, reliable as ever, played one of his finest games in Columbus, providing a tremendous safety blanket for Wilson in the passing game in addition to usual well-rounded contributions. Aaron Henry and Patrick Butrym continue to lead as necessary and produce without much fanfare, though they’ve clearly anchored their respective positions.Perhaps a different picture has unfolded behind the scenes, in the locker room, than the one that’s been painted under the spotlight of the media. Speculating any further is an injustice to a team that nevertheless has put itself in position to have something to play for in November and December. With some help – and/or further chaos in the Big Ten – a trip to the conference title game in Indianapolis is indeed still possible, though the Badgers absolutely must win the remainder of their games.So many questions were born Saturday night, and a few more answers likely would provide a little relief for a fan base that is aching for some. With that said, the most concrete takeaway from this weekend is obvious. For all the promise this season appeared to hold, the Badgers were just not for real.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. Where does this team go from here? Share your thoughts with him on Twitter @mikefiammetta and be sure to follow @BHeraldSports for all the latest Badgers news.last_img read more

5 High-Paying Careers That Offer Student Loan Forgiveness

first_img$68,300: That’s the median private sector salary of a first-year lawyer, according to U.S. News & World Report.$138,492: That’s the average cost of attending a private law school.Even though lawyers start out with a decent income and make even more money over time, it pales in comparison to the amount they pay for their degree.The same goes for several other high-paying careers, including doctors, dentists and veterinarians.Luckily, many of these successful but indebted professionals can qualify for student loan forgiveness — if they know where to look.Below are five high-paying careers that come with significant debt and some student loan forgiveness programs and loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs) that offer financial relief.1. LawyerAverage Base Pay: $113,749Law school typically lasts only three years, but tuition costs add up. With the average cost of a law degree well over $100,000, many newly graduated lawyers are years away from a debt-free life.Instead of putting your whole salary toward steep loan payments, though, you could seek help from a student loan forgiveness program.If you work for a qualifying employer, such as a nonprofit or government organization, you could be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Although the future of this program is uncertain, it currently offers total student loan discharge after 10 years of service.PSLF isn’t the only option for lawyers, though. A variety of LRAPs are available across the country for people who practice law. Some are restricted to state residents, but here are three programs available nationwide:John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program: up to $10,000 per year for six years for public defenders or state prosecutors who work for three years or more in a state agency.Department of Justice Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program: up to $6,000 per year for 10 years for lawyers who work with the Department of Justice.Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program: up to $5,600 for approximately 70 attorneys who are selected via a lottery system.Finally, lawyers should check with their law schools to learn about repayment assistance programs, such as the following two:University of Virginia School of Law: This program covers 100 percent of qualifying law school loans for public service lawyers who make less than $55,000 per year. It also offers partial loan forgiveness for public service lawyers who make between $55,000 and $75,000 annually.University of Denver Sturm College of Law: This program covers between 15 percent and 75 percent of a lawyer’s student loan payments on certain income-driven repayment plans for up to five years. You must work in public service and make less than $75,000 per year.As you can see, each program has its own requirements. By learning these rules for eligibility, you can make professional choices that allow you to advance in your career and position yourself for student loan forgiveness.See Open Jobs 2.8★ Plumber C.E. Long Construction New Market, VA You can get help with your student debtAlthough the careers on this list come with high salaries, they also go hand in hand with significant student loan debt. With the assistance of a student loan forgiveness or repayment program, though, you could conquer your debt sooner rather than later.Search for state-based and national programs that will help you repay your loans as well as forgiveness from universities, private organizations, and employers. And if you’re having trouble keeping track of all of your payments, consider taking out a consolidation loan to simplify your payments with a single monthly bill.With the national student debt crisis reaching $1.48 trillion, we’re all in this fight together. Don’t be afraid to seek assistance from a variety of sources to help you pay off your student loans.Rebecca Safier is a staff writer for Student Loan Hero covering education, careers and other personal finance topics, drawing on her experience as a teacher, tutor and college counselor.Browse Open Jobs 5. PharmacistWith pharmacists borrowing an average of $157,425 to finance their degree, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, they might need a prescription to cure their student loan debt.Along with national programs for health care providers, state programs offer grants to help pharmacists repay their student loans. The California State Loan Repayment Program, for example, awards $50,000 to licensed pharmacists who practice in California.Student loan repayment assistance can help pharmacists pay off their debt ahead of schedule. With an average salary of $122,230, according to the BLS, pharmacists can allocate more money toward other goals, including buying a home or saving for retirement.See Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h 2.4★ CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) OR STUDENT NURSING ASSISTANT (SNA) Blessing Health System Quincy, IL 3.8★ CNA Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Lennox, SD 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK 3. DentistAverage Base Pay: $148,216Because they’re health care professionals, many dentists are eligible for the same LRAPs as doctors. These programs can be a huge help, as the average dentist with student debt leaves school owing $287,331, according to the American Dental Education Association.Some states also offer programs specifically for dentists, such as the Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program. This program awards up to $80,000 to Maine dentists who work with underserved populations.See Open Jobs Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ 2. DoctorAverage Base Pay: $200,000Like lawyers, doctors rack up huge bills to pay for medical school. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median level of debt for new doctors is $190,000.Plus, many doctors put their loans into deferment during residency, which can cause their balance to balloon from interest.But doctors who work in public service could be eligible for PSLF after 10 years. Physicians and others who work in healthcare might qualify for three other federal loan forgiveness programs:Students to Service Program: gives up to $120,000 to students in their final year of medical school who agree to a three-year contract with a qualifying organization.National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program: awards up to $50,000 to health care providers who work for two years at an approved site.Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program: offers up to $40,000 to health care providers who serve American Indian or Alaska Native communities for at least two years.Doctors also might get help from state LRAPs. The Rhode Island Educational Loan Repayment Program for Primary Care Providers, for example, awards up to $80,000 to Rhode Island doctors who provide 32 hours of direct patient care per week.This program, like many similar LRAPs, doesn’t help only primary care providers. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants also might be eligible, for instance. Whatever your specialty in the healthcare field, you could qualify for significant student loan repayment assistance after a few years of qualifying work.See Open Jobs 4.8★ 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA 23 hours ago 23h RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OH 3.2★ 2.8★ Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX 4. VeterinarianAverage Base Pay: $97,050Before you earn your way up to the average base pay for veterinarians, you might have to take on $143,758 in debt for veterinary school, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. What’s more, 20 percent of veterinary school graduates owe more than $200,000 in student loans.Let’s say this $200,000 debt has a six percent interest rate. Using a student loan calculator, we can estimate monthly payments to be $2,220 on a standard 10-year plan.But loan assistance for veterinarians can help you speed up the repayment process.The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, will pay $25,000 per year for three years to vets who work in underserved areas. And the North Dakota State Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program offers up to $80,000 to three vets each year who agree to work in a shortage area in North Dakota.If you’re open to where you live and work, you could receive major student loan help in return. Check with your state to find student loan aid programs for people who care for animals.See Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h See More Jobslast_img read more