No tribulations, no testimony!!! After rain comes sunshine. Samson Siasia will bounce back to do best what he knows how to do….football coaching.
He has been battling with the life ban slammed on him by FIFA over match fixing allegation over the last two years. He clearly stated that he knew nothing about the allegation. But FIFA’s mind was made up following the report from it’s ethics and arbitration committee.
Siasia sought redress by appealing to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). The case has been put to rest as his life ban was reduced to five years.
This judgement is victory as far as this writer is concerned. Victory over oppression. Victory over evil. Victory over those who want Siasia out of the system.
Yes, his has to face a five-year ban which elapses in 2023 because according to CAS it commenced in 2019, due to the complexity of the case. But it was victory for Siasia, his fans and football all the same.
Certainly, there are great lessons to be learnt in this scandal. One of such lessons is to be careful. This was the same scheme that got Dr. Amos Adamu out of FIFA at a point he was primed to make more impact in FIFA.
Two, nobody is above trials….therefore, guide your loin always. If Siasia hadn’t appealed to CAS perhaps he would have remained banned for life.
Three, trust no one. Those who will pull you down are not always outsiders, but insiders who know you too well.
Four, be upright and just while carrying out your responsibilities especially in dealing with others.
CAS while rising from it’s sitting in Lausane, Switzerland cancelled the life ban imposed on Siasia, on April 16, 2019 for getting involved in match-fixing. In addition it set aside the 50,000 (Swiss Francs) fine, insisting that Siasia did not benefit from the money involved in the match fixing scandal.
CAS equally reduced the sentence to five (5) years effective Aug 16, 2019, meaning that in Aug 2023 he will be a free to return to football.
This writer believes Siasia will bounce back to rule football world as a coach. The remaining two years he has to spend should be time for sober reflection, revival, study, preparation and prayers…as he steps out in 2023 to continue from where he stopped.
The whale or shark doesn’t hide in the sea. No man covers the smoke. The sun must rise again and shine!!!