Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda claims that match-fixing is a common occurrence in the Nigeria Professional Football League and that it is the primary reason he left the country.
Dauda joined Nigerian giants Enyimba in 2016 but left after three years.
During his time in Nigeria, the former Black Stars goalkeeper observed that some of his teammates were happy to lose games because they had wagered against the team.
“There’s one particular reason why I finally decided to leave Enyimba FC. It’s all because of betting. Betting can completely destroy football. You know Nigeria is a big country. Sometimes, we can be on the road for two days travelling for an away game.”
“We will go and lose a game but when we come on the bus, you’ll see some players happy. You’ll see some players pressing their phones, and checking score lines of other league games. I later got to find out from one of our guys that some of the players in the team were betting on our matches.
“They were fixing the games. It was shocking. It was the reason I decided to leave because I can’t be part of this and it was a waste of time playing in games when some people have already planned the outcome,” Dauda told Angel TV.
Dauda was reacting to allegations of match-fixing in the Ghana Premier League. The Ghana Football Association has issued a strong warning, claiming that anyone found guilty will face severe punishment.
Dauda is currently without a club following his split from Legon Cities. Earlier this year, he was on the verge of joining Asante Kotoko.