Former Super Eagles manager, Samson Siasia has appealed to Nigerians to help him raise €250,000 (N115million) for him to appeal a lifetime ban handed to him by world’s football governing body, FIFA for allegedly breaching article 11 of the organization’s Code of Ethics.
According to FIFA, Siasia was found “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics.”
FIFA ban former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia for life after finding him "guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches."#3Sports pic.twitter.com/KXdr1A4tzn
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The coach who led Nigeria U20 to second-place finish at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup, was also fined $51,000 (N20million).
However, 53-year-old Siasia, who maintained his innocence from the allegation, filed an appeal with the football body and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the ruling.
The appeal hearing was originally set for 19th March, 2020, but due to the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, it has been postponed to October 6, 2020.
Barely three weeks to the hearing, the needed €250,000 (N115million) to prosecute the appeal is yet to be realised, according to the two-time Olympic medalist.
Recall that a GoFundMe account was set up to solicit for funds in a bid get the needed amount to prosecute the appeal.
As at the time of filing this report, a total of $616 (N240,000) has been donated on his GoFundMe account.
Speaking in an Instagram Live chat with Legit, Siasia lamented, saying; “Lawyer’s bills are crazy, too expensive.
“What the lawyers will ask is if I can take out this ban and then I have my life back, then they have a fee; it might be 50,000 Euros; it might be 100,000 Euros
“I came there (GoFundMe account) because I needed help. But a lot of good Nigerians have supported me. Some people will call that they want to pay N50 or N100. We have a lot of good Nigerians. “If I even have the money which I don’t have yet, still I’m looking at bonuses that these lawyers will get if I can.”