By Usman Salifu, Abuja
Former chairman of Gombe State Football and Nigeria’s foremost sports critic, Ahmed Shuaibu Gara-Gombe has hinted that the alleged match-fixing in the domestic football leagues would become worse, unless the new culture of betting in the nation’s football gets another look from the appropriate authorities.
Gombe, who was reacting to the recent incident in Gombe, where fans of Gombe United FC attacked and almost killed their goalkeeper, Emmanuel Fabiyi, for alleged match-fixing after a 3-3 home draw against Enugu Rangers, said the arrival of betting in the domestic football scene had gradually turned the country’s sport scene violent, especially in football and raised the bar on corruption.
Fabiyi, who LEADERSHIP Sport understood was recuperating in Jos, was mercilessly beaten by Gombe United fans, after they accused him of selling the game to Rangers.
“I was curious about the matter. When I got to Gombe over the weekend, I conducted an investigation. Some fans came to me and narrated what they know about the issue,” Gara Gombe wrote on his official Facebook account.
“I kept on saying that the arrival of betting in our football is gradually turning us into a more violent country. It has raised the bar too on corruption. Many are involved. It is becoming a syndicated betting ring like in India. People now determine the outcome of matches. Violence and hooliganism is now the order of the day.
“Fabiyi had predicted on Bet9ja that the match would end in a draw a day before the game. He was seen with a Rangers official the night before the game and, also, sent a text message to the club chairman. He pledged that if allowed to be in goal in that match he would play as if it would be his last.
“Of course, all accusations pointed at a direction and the goalkeeper is a regular visitor to the Bet9ja platform. One of his friends even confirmed that he predicted Real Madrid would lose to Atletico Madrid.
“In this connection, therefore, the football authorities must discretely investigate the matter and be just in their conclusions,” he stated.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from LEADERSHIP Nigeria Newspapers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
METRO21 hours ago
JUST IN: Shopping Complex Collapses In Abuja, One Killed, 12 Trapped
FEATURED8 hours ago
How Support For Saraki Divides Kano Electorate
POLITICS18 hours ago
Chidoka Emerges Special Adviser To Secondus
NEWS17 hours ago
Rivers Bye-Election: Wike Alleges Plot To Import Thugs, Cultists
POLITICS24 hours ago
2019: Row In PDP As Bayelsa Aspirants Disown Assembly Speaker Over 5th Term Plan
NEWS21 hours ago
Stop Google! Its Collecting Your Location Data – Sources
NEWS9 hours ago
Property Owner Petitions FCT Minister Over Illegal Demolition
NEWS18 hours ago
Abe Preaches Peace As APC Faction Opens Secretariat In Rivers