Siasia’s Life Ban Appeal Gets New Date

Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia’s appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against a FIFA ban over alleged match-fixing has been fixed for 6 October 2020.

The 52-year-old, who also coached Nigeria’s U20 and U23 teams, was handed a life ban from “all football-related activities” and fined $50,000 in August, 2019 after being found guilty of accepting to “receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics.”

The former Heartland coach denied any wrongdoing and subsequently filed an appeal with CAS after which a court hearing was scheduled for 19 March, 2020. But the hearing was postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the apex sports adjudicatory body has now fixed the hearing for 6 October for the former Nantes striker to appear in court to prove his innocence.

Siasia guided Nigeria’s U23 national team to claim silver and bronze medals at the Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 Olympics respectively.

He also led the Flying Eagles to the final of the 2005 World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, where they lost to a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina.

However, in his two spells as coach of the Super Eagles, Nigeria failed to qualify for both the 2012 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.