Allegations of possible involvement in perceived match fixing has been levelled against Emmanuel Fabiyi a goalkeeper with Nigeria Professional Football League side, Gombe United
Highly regarded sports administrator, Gara Gombe published extracts from the evidence on the principal suspect (Emmanuel Fabiyi) in the match-fixing scandal involving Gombe United and Enugu Rangers.
His testimony could have devastating consequences for Gombe United goalkeeper Fabiyi. The evidence relates to 3-3 draw between the Savannah Scorpions and the Flying Antelopes.
Fabiyi is reportedly on exile in Jos after he was mercilessly beaten up by Gombe United fans on allegations of match fixing. He was accused 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 knew about the issue,” Gara Gombe wrote via his official facebook platform.
“I kept on saying that the arrival of betting into 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 rings like India. People now determine the outcome of matches. Violence and hooliganism is now the order of the day.”
“Before some people misunderstand me to say because I am a Muslim that is why I am complaining about betting. What Islam frowns at is gambling and there is a difference between the two.”
He continued, “Fabiyi had predicted in Bet9ja that the match will end in a draw a day before the game. The hotel that Rangers stayed in Gombe, it was the goalkeeper that facilitated the booking for them. He was also seen with a Rangers official in the evening a night before the game and also sent a text message to the club chairman. He said that if allowed to be in goal in that match he will play as if it will be his last game in his career.”
“Of course all accusations pointed to one direction. And the goalkeeper is a regular visitor on Bet9ja platform. One of his friends even confirmed that he predicted Real Madrid will lose to Atletico Madrid.”
“In this connection, therefore, the football authorities and must discretely investigate the matter and be just in their
conclusions,” he added.
It was alleged that the Benin Republic international deliberately put up a questionable performance in the six-goal thriller last Wednesday, thereby conceding three ‘cheap’ goals. Fabiyi had since come out to deny the malicious claims against him as he emphatically stated that he does not place bets on NPFL games
Reports suggest that the League Management Company (LMC) have since swung into action are investigating the matter.