Early Doors

See the calamitous keeper error that’s got everyone talking

Early Doors

ejide by Gentside

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has been forced to issue a strong defence of his players against suggestions of match-fixing after a contentious friendly against Scotland on Wednesday night.

The match, held at Craven Cottage, was overshadowed before it had even begun when it emerged the National Crime Agency was investigating attempts to fix the match.

The Scottish Football Association said it had "liaised with the relevant authorities and will prepare for the match as normal."

When the match did go ahead, there was a rather unfortunate moment when Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide committed an awful error, though the goal, shown below, was disallowed due to a foul on the keeper.

There is no suggestion of any foul play but the timing of the gaffe couldn't have been much worse, and Keshi felt moved to mount a vigorous defence of his players after the match.

"We did [talk about it] because it's something ridiculous, something that we don't know where it's coming from," said Keshi, who is preparing for the World Cup finals.

"We're not gamblers, we are football players. I don't even know where that is coming from, we don't know what happened, match-fixing or no match-fixing.

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"This is the first time I've been a coach or been a player and the first time I'm hearing this, match-fixing. I don't think it had anything to do with our build-up or the game."

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