Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike is facing a difficult time in his young football career as he could be jailed for at least three years if found guilty of match-fixing when he played for Turkish side Karabukspor.
Emenike is said to have been promised a transfer to Fenerbahce in return for not playing in a match against the team. The 24-year-old himself spent four days in jail, but was released with the intervention of the Nigerian government.
The former Fenerbahce forward, though he did not play any matches for the team before he was transferred to Spartak, was detained and released without any charges in July. The Nigerian striker is now standing trial with 14 other players charged over alleged match-fixing attempts.
About 93 people in total including players, officials and referees, stand accused of organising and taking part in fixed football games, with the first hearing on the case which took place on Tuesday.
The charge claims that in May 2011, Emenike missed Karabukspor’s encounter against Fenerbahce because of an injury he did not have. And without the striker, Karabukspor lost the game 1-0, which allowed Fenerbahce to claim the Turkish league title.
A month later, Fenerbahce are alleged to have rewarded Emenike by signing him for €9 million, allegations Karabukspor have denied. The club said Emenike was injured a week before the game and has a doctor's certificate to prove it.
Emenike has already scored eight goals in 11 league appearances for his Russian club.