Even as the date of hearing for the appeal filed by Nigeria’s Samson Siasia at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against a life ban by FIFA fixed, not much impact has been made in the fundraiser organized by the embattled former footballer and coach.
After four days of launching an appeal for the legal fees of $250,000, only a paltry $200 has been donated as at Tuesday morning.
The $200 donation was made by one Benson Ejindu. Hearing for his case has been fixed for March 19 at the CAS Court Office, Avenue de Beaumont 2, 1012, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Arbitral panel is called upon to resolve the dispute between Samson Siasia and FIFA. If Siasia fails in the appeal, he will have no role to play in football for life.
He was a member of the third placed Nigerian team at the FIFA U 20 championship in 1985 as well as being a member of the victorious Super Eagles squad at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.
He played in the 1994 World Cup and scored a spectacular goal in the 1-2 loss to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina in one of the group matches.
As a coach, he handled the victorious Nigerian U-20 team at the 2005 African championship and later in the FIFA competition in the Netherlands where his team placed runners-up to a Lionel Messi-powered Argentina.
Siasia handled the Nigerian Olympic team to
silver medal and bronze medal placements at the 2008 and 2016 editions.
The embattled former Eagles Coach has once again solicited for financial support from all and sundry, friends and eminent Nigerians to help him raise funds to be able to attend the CAS hearing in order to clear his name concerning the FIFA allegations.