Former Nigeria football legend and also the coach of the national team Samson Siasia received a relaxation in his lifetime ban from football from his match-fixing punishment in 2019, on Monday. Siasia, who was banned from football for a lifetime according to a statement by FIFA for his alleged receiving of bribes and manipulation of matches back in 2019, has now received relaxation from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and his ban of a lifetime has been reduced to that of 5 years. For the run, the Court felt that the ban given to him was disproportionate to the offense and has felt that his crime committed was perhaps passive. Hence the committee came to a decision of reducing his ban to that of 5 years and also giving him a relaxation on the financial penalty of 50,000 Swiss Francs, which he needs not to pay now.
The former Nigeria international has had a prolific career in football for his nation, winning the Africa cup of nations in 1994 and has been capped more than 50 times in which he managed to put the ball 16 times in the back of the net.
He then pursued his coaching career with the Nigerian national team and guided his team to a gold medal match at the Olympic Games held in Beijing in 2008. Unfortunately, Nigeria lost that match against Lionel Messi’s Argentina squad but earned enough praise as they gave a tough fight, losing by a mere margin of 1-0.
Further on, he advanced in his coaching career as he got employed as the head coach of several youth sides and clubs, even abroad in Australia. In 2019 the FIFA investigations found him to be guilty of accepting bribes and manipulating the results of the matches, thereby violating the FIFA code of ethics. The Olympic medal-winning coach finally had his fortunes uplifted as the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) finally gave a verdict on his long-awaited appeal on Monday, reducing his punishment.