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

In order to provide customers with a good experien

first_imgIn order to provide customers with a good experience when using your product, UX needs to be a consideration during development.UX serves two important purposes: helping you understand your customer and translating that understanding into business success, said Josh Ulm, group vice president of UX Design, PaaS, and IaaS at Oracle. “It’s simple really, positive customer experiences frequently result in a positive bottom line,” he said.He compared the roles of designers, developers, and product managers as the three legs of a stool. Equal collaboration and clear communication between the roles is crucial, Ulm said.According to Ulm, design has historically been a latecomer to the process of development, making designers feel as if they “don’t have a seat at the table.” Design isn’t always the only one left out of the process, he said. “Frequently, any one or two of the roles will move forward at the exclusion of the others.”For example, the design team and product management may meet and produce a product concept before bringing engineering into the conversation, later realizing that their decisions have big technical implications.Another example is that engineering may overpower design and product management, which would result in a poor product experience. “While it can take time to establish, the three roles must have a shared respect for each other’s contribution and develop a positive shared process.” According to Ulm, the actual role of design within an organization depends on the company. Some companies have designers on another team, such as product, engineering, or marketing, while other organizations have consolidated design organizations that work as a centralized design service.The right solution for an organization depends on the size of the company and the employees themselves, Ulm explained. Embedded designers are able to collaborate across teams in small organizations, but as companies scale, maintaining the process and culture of design requires more structure in order to be effective. Without that structure, designers may end up feeling isolated, overpowered, or lack the necessary resources to do work, said Ulm.On the flip side, consolidating design resources into a central group might seem daunting to organizations that are used to having designers directly supporting developer requests. Company reorganization can affect employee morale, so big changes should be treated with caution. Ulm said that if design ends up becoming its own team, maintaining a close relationship with engineering will be crucial.Benefits for larger organizations that have a consolidated design team include “more efficient and aligned procedures, easier rebalancing of resources, design systems for consistency, unifying messaging for the brand and the customer, and support for a vibrant company culture of creativity,” said Ulm.In terms of staffing a design team, Ulm advises that you don’t use the same recruiting as you would for hiring developers. He said there are agencies that specializing in identifying design talent, with an eye for judging a portfolio.“Once you’ve landed your star talent you’ll need to retain them, and that means creating a space that is friendly to design,” says Ulm. “Designers want to be part of the solution and have a big impact. If you consider the culture, environment and practices you are building up to support your designer and their process, you not only will gain their loyalty, you’ll see them flourish.”last_img read more