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That Samson Siasia Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Posted: Jun 27, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former Super Eagles player and coach, Samson Siasia created a buzz online last week when photographs of his supposed 30th wedding anniversary broke. Siasia is 47 years old since in his official record, he was born on August 14, 1967.

The implication of the anniversary is that the retired international married at the age of 17, the same age Siasia broke into Nigeria’s age grade team. Well, the news created quite a ruckus online. He was the butt of very cruel jokes on Facebook and people inferred he is not 47 years old as he claimed and he must have cut from his age because of his football career. Some people were brazen in their criticism, they openly called Siasia an age cheat. They argued that an average Nigerian boy hardly gets married at age 17. And do you blame them? This is a country where 30 year old still live with their parents and rely on them for upkeep even after finishing school because they can’t get jobs.

Siasia may have began playing football at a very young age and started earning money from it so maybe unlike most footballers, decided to marry his childhood heartthrob, at age 17!

I have a friend who started having kids around that age when we were still dreaming of writing JAMB to gain admission into the university (he later got married to the mother of his kids when he started making money). His daughters are of marriage age now while our kids are still very young. Maybe that was Siasia’s fate. Maybe.

Samson Siasia according to Wikipedia is a former football striker from Nigeria and the former head coach of the Nigerian Men National football team (The Super Eagles) from 2010 to October 2011.

At club level, Siasia most notably played for French team FC Nantes where he became league champion in 1994/95. He also played for Australian club Perth Glory with fellow Nigerian Peter Anosike, as well as in Belgium, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

He played 51 international matches for Nigeria, in which he scored 13 goals, and was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup – cite_note-2 and won the 1994 African Nations Cup. He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won bronze at 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal. He participated in the National Team over a period of 11 years and was recognized in Nigeria as the third leading scorer for the National Team.

Before last week, nobody has had any reason to publicly doubt Siasia’s age just like nobody had questioned his former team mates, Stephen Keshi and Jay Jay Okocha’s.

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