By Dan Ikpechukwu, Atlanta
Samson Siasia doesn’t thrill people only on football matters.
As a player he displayed tremendous skills with striking abilities, going on record as one of the best forwards to have emerged from Nigeria. And now as a coach he has always shown the good stuff he is made of. However, Siasia does not pack only football skills on the legs.
He showed this last weekend in Atlanta where his daughter, Sanita was given out in marriage. It was an emotional moment for the ebony skinned Nigerian whose soccer team won Nigeria’s only medal in the Rio Olympic Games. That was after the silver medal he also won in Beijing Olympics.
The excitement on the day his daughter married was tremendous and Siasia demonstrated another skill that day. His dance steps amazed and thrilled all.
Sanita got married to her heart throb Jamell Barret from the State of Georgia, USA. As soon as it was time for the traditional father/daughter dance, Siasia stormed the dance floor, sliding in rhythmic moves to the admiration of the audience. The young beautiful Sanita danced and giggled to encourage her father to different dance styles. It was entertaining. The event took place in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday September 2, 2017 after the exchange of vows between Sanita and her husband at the prestigious Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Earlier during the ceremony in the Church, proud father of the day and former super Eagles player Siasia joyfully walked his admirable daughter down the aisle and gave her away for marriage to the waiting hands of a happy young man, Jamell. Siasia later told Saturday Vanguard that he felt so fulfilled and thrilled with this great achievement of walking his daughter down the aisle for marriage.
“This is one thing every father looks forward to and I thank God for this day to be able to walk my daughter down the aisle for marriage,” Siasia enthused. He was very emotional about the traditional assignment of handing his daughter over for marriage. In an emotional-laden voice, coach Siasia said, “I still remember her growing up and just being my baby and now that she is starting another great chapter of having her own family with Jamell, I give God the glory and express my sincere gratitude to my better half Eunice, because together, God has used us to raise a wonderful young woman.”
The wedding reception which took place at the Marriot Hotel in Atlanta, attracted a large crowd including Siasia’s former team mates like Paul Okoku, Alphonsus Akhahon and Aniete Effiong. Other former soccer players in attendance included, Ikem Udeh, former Falcons goalkeeper Judith Chime and Bob Ubanwa. Daniel Abumere who was personal assistant to coach Siasia came from Nigeria for the event.