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Thu May 29, 2014, 08:31 AM

Watch: Nigeria goalkeeper does nothing to dispel concern of match-fixed friendly

Multiple reports suggested that authorities were concerned about potential match fixing ahead of Wednesday’s Nigeria-Scotland friendly. Well, Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide appeared to do nothing to allay those worries in the first half at Craven Cottage in London.

With Nigeria trailing 1-0, Ejide appeared to sensationally throw the ball into his own net off a corner kick in the 32nd minute. The play didn’t stand, as it was nullified when Scotland’s Grant Hanley was whistled for a foul. Nigeria didn’t fail to secure its own goal, though, with Azubuike Egwuekwe turning a cross into his own net in the 52nd minute, breaking a 1-1 deadlock.

Were both plays intentional? Were there outside forces impacting the match? Nobody can say for certain, and we certainly won’t make that unequivocal allegation, but Ejide’s play looked especially fishy considering the pregame controversy surrounding the fixture.

The fact that Nigeria scored in the 90th minute to prevent the loss and salvage a 2-2 draw could offer evidence to the contrary as well. (Although IF there was a fix in play, it could have been about much more than just winner and loser. There’s a rabbit hole to go down here. We won’t, at least not without concrete evidence).

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Response to Blue Links (Original post)

Thu May 29, 2014, 08:47 AM

1. Futbol

On the world stage futbol is about as corrupt as one can get with respect to the administration of FIFA and the contractual process to award international competitions. That a 3rd world nation might have a few players that might be swayed with a payoff doesn't surprise me at all.

FIFA has a very difficult job in policing any of that, nations like Nigeria can't recover 200 girls being held in plain sight for fear of everybody dying in a rescue attempt it's not hard to conceive their national sports programs lack integrity. The politics of the world enter FIFA competitions whether we like it or not and there is little that can be done to rectify that.

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Thu May 29, 2014, 09:57 AM

2. Yeah, that does look pretty dodgy

The way he gets both hands on it, then takes away the one nearer the goal and pushes with the other ...

A friendly is also the most likely target in international football for fixing - no worries about your country's 'honour', or whether you advance to another stage of a competition. Just if you get dropped for being incompetent.

On edit: I see he's Nigeria's second-choice goalkeeper. So he may have decided that he's not going to get many games, and may as well profit as fast as possible from the one he was picked for.

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