Austin Ejide is actually trying to make a save here… (Image: Reuters)
Nigeria keeper Austin Ejide had a fishy-looking own goal disallowed during Wednesday’s friendly match vs. Scotland, just one day after British police investigated allegations of attempted match-fixing on that very same match. Hmm.
With Scotland already up 1-0, Ejide appeared to blatantly slap the ball into his own net while “defending” a cross, but was “bailed out” by a rather soft foul call against Scotland’s Grant Hanley.
While we’re not going to accuse Ejide of having anything to do with the alleged match-fixing — which was never confirmed by the National Crime Agency before kickoff — we must acknowledge that this all looks like a rather unfortunate set of coincidences.
Please check out the goal and jump to your own conclusions:
(H/T SI Soccer)