Embattled Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia, has revealed he is hopeful
of raising the N36.4m (100,000 Swiss Francs) appeal fee demanded by the
Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) before the March 19 deadline set
by the court to hear his case.
To the shock of Nigerians, Samson Siasia, one of Nigeria’s most decorated coaches, was fined $50,000 and banned for life from all football activities by football’s governing body, FIFA, last year over allegations of complicity in match fixing..
Siasia, ever since the ban, has denied being involved in match fixing and swiftly headed for the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS, in Lausanne, Switzerland, confident he could prove his innocence and get the FIFA ban reversed, but he’ll have to pay 100, 000 Swiss Francs (about N36.4m) appeal fee before his appeal could be entertained by the apex court of Sports.
Siasia was given until October 10, 2019 to make the payment or forget his appeal, but used his legal team to persuade CAS to give him a 5 month grace period to raise the appeal fee.
Asked about the allegations of his involvement in a match fixing, Siasia said;
“That’s not correct. Nigerians know me too well. How can I get involved in match fixing, knowingly or not? ,” he said to CompleteSportsNigeria.
“What happened was that I was discussing with an agent over a job offer in an undisclosed Australian club. The job did not eventually come through anyway.
“But I was made to understand later that the man had previously been associated with match fixing.
“Mine was just an honest discussion for job offer which never came through in the end.”
Speaking about how he intends to raise the fund, the Bayelsa born tactician said;
“At the moment, not much has really come in. But I’m confident that before this month (February) ends, individuals and corporate bodies who want to render financial assistance would be able to respond positively,”
“There are promises here and there. And, of course, you know the situation in the country at the moment. But I still remain optimistic, given their words of promises that at most, by this February ending, I should be able to get enough financial assistance to sort things out”.
“My lawyers made a strong appeal to CAS and now the case has been moved to March 19, 2020”,
“They are very strict this time around, but I’m confident we will meet the financial demands before then.”
Nigeria football league suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus
The League Management Company (LMC) has suspended the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) until further notice due to concerns about the coronavirus.
The LMC, which is the organiser of the NPFL, disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday evening.
“Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended till further notice in line with global health preventive protocol against the Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19),” the statement read.
“In suspending remaining league matches, the League Management Company (LMC) said it would review the decision after consulting the nation’s health authorities, namely, the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) as well as the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
“Matchday 25 fixtures were concluded on Wednesday and the LMC said the decision was to conform with the guidelines for containment of the spread of the global pandemic.”
In the same manner, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the cessation of all forms of football activities in the country for the next four weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the country’s football governing, the shutdown will affect all on-field activities in the various national teams, the NPFL, the other leagues, youth football programmes and even street football.
The COVID-19 crisis has prompted many countries to halt sports activities, while others have opted to play their games behind closed doors.
Nigeria recently confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday.
Ronaldinho arrested for allegedly using fake passport to travel
Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother have been detained in Paraguay after allegedly using fake passports to enter the South American country, authorities said Wednesday.
“Ronaldinho will be heard at eight in the morning on Thursday at the prosecutor’s office,” Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo told reporters.
Paraguayan police raided the hotel in Asuncion where the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner was staying during a trip promote a book and found the false documents, the minister said.
“We are also investigating the responsibility of the authorities who allowed them to enter the country with falsified documents,” Acevedo said.
Ronaldinho and his brother had their Brazilian passports withdrawn in November 2018 after failing to pay a $2.3 million fine for environmental damage incurred during the building of property in Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil.
WilderFury3 confirmed! Deontay Wilder officially triggers July rematch with Tyson Fury
American boxer Deontay Wilder has officially confirmed his rematch with Tyson Fury a day after posting a Twitter video where he claimed ‘no one can take his pride and that the war has just begun’.
Wilder lost his first professional fight to Fury on February 23, losing his WBC belt to the Gypsy King in the process.
Fury bulldozed Wilder throughout the match, knocking him out twice before Wilder’s trainer Mark Breland was forced to throw in the towel seeing his athlete had suffered extensive ear and mouth damage.
A lot of boxing fans wanted to see an a fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua next, given that Fury had fought Wilder twice and outclassed him in both, but Wilder has chosen to trigger the rematch clause signed in his contract with Fury and a July date has been agreed.
“Wilder’s representatives formally notified us last night that they
have accepted the rematch,” Bob Arum, Fury’s co-promoter and owner of
Top Rank promotions told Ringside Reporter Live on Sunday.
“It’s going to happen in the summer before the Olympics.”
Arum admitted he was not sure Wilder will have fully recovered by
July following the bruising, two-knockdown defeat, which saw him suffer a
badly-cut ear and lip.
After Fury’s impressive win over Wilder where he taught Wilder some boxing essentials, Wilder gave off a series of excuses why he lost the match.
“I had no legs,” Wilder said. “I’m surprised I went that long. I had
no legs, and I knew I was in for a fight with these legs and the
condition I was in. It was crazy. But, you know, again, it’s nobody’s
fault but mine.”
“I wore the costume that was that heavy, and I paid the price. I traded the tribute to men and women [for] my title, and you know, as a warrior, I was gonna fight.
“My job was to fight under any circumstances, as a king, and that’s what I did. And I don’t take nothing back.”
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