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FIFA World Cup update: Nigeria accused of a friendly match-fixing scheme

FIFA World Cup update: Nigeria accused of a friendly match-fixing scheme

Attempts to rig matches are circulating in the news waves against the Nigeria national football team. Allegations of match-fixing by unknown third parties to favor the African side were more blown up a day before Super Eagles’ match against Scotland on Wednesday when the national Crime Agency of Britain announced measures to prove or disprove the accusations. Alerts for the alledged fraud—possibly, to influence betting patterns—were issued to the NCA and the agency immediately responded by launching an investigation.


While some expect that Nigeria will have substantial advantage over the Scots, recent results suggest otherwise as Coach Gordon Strachan’s side have improved significantly from what they used to be and look more like a dangerous side than they ever were.


FIFA Vice President Jim Boyce hopes that the police would do “everything in their power to get to the bottom of [attempts to fix the game]”.


Despite the allegations, Nigeria and Scotland proceeded with their fixture. The match eventually ended in a draw, in a pitch display that showcased an experimental Nigerian side who illustrated an otherwise burning ambition, drive, and attacking flair.


High-profile players participated in the game, including Inter’s Joel Obi and Norwich City’s Joseph Yobo as well as goal scorers Michael Uchebo and Uche Nwofor. No hints show that any of these players were involved of the scheme.


The market for aggressive bettors, particularly in the Far East, is growing exponentially. This is one of the main factors that led investigators to conclude that malicious match results in warm-up friendlies will heighten as the World Cup nears. Many fear that match fixers will thwart the fixture organizers from producing genuine results, thus interfering in the overall integrity of football. The past few months have been stricken by a series of arrests following suspected attempts to fix matches in the lower tiers of English football. There have also been allegations of widespread activity in cricket.


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Featured Image: Nigeria | Source: FIFA

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