FIFA Ban: Siasia Given CAS Lifeline

Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has earned a reprieve from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the sports adjudicatory body agreed to extend the 10 October deadline for him to file an appeal against his lifetime FIFA ban from all footballing activities for match fixing.

Siasia had been given until today to appeal his lifetime ban from the sport but has struggled to raise the required CHF100,000 to fund his appeal.

With the door closing on the last opportunity to clear his name, the former Super Eagles forward, through his lawyer, asked for an extension to the deadline from CAS.

Following communication from his lawyer, Siasia told Nigeria’s Sporting Life newspaper that CAS has agreed to an extension with a new date to be announced in the coming days.

“The date I was told by my lawyers has been lifted by CAS after they made representations. My Lawyers will come back with a new date.
But I must as a matter of urgency raise the funds for the appeal,” Siasia was quoted as saying.

The former Olympics silver and bronze winning football coach is also asking CAS for a stay or suspension of his ban pending the determination of his appeal.

Thursday’s decision is a sliver of good news for the beleaguered member of the 1994 AFCON and comes a few weeks after his mother was released by her abductors after more than three months in captivity.