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Two former Nigerian World Cup stars charged with fraud


On Thursday in Sweden, a court pronounced a five-year ban for former Super Eagles midfielder, Dickson Etuhu and Alban Jusufi. A court earlier in 2017 had found both players guilty of offering a bribe to an Allsvenskan player at a Stockholm restaurant on May 16, 2017.

The charge sheet read: Etuhu tried to “induce the football player to underperform in his athletic performance and thereby influence the outcome of a football match between IFK Gothenburg and AIK on May 18, 2017.”

“Their actions have been enormous attention and damaged the credibility and reputation of competition football. The manipulation attempt has aimed at a very notable match at the national elite level and the unfair advantage they offered the goalkeeper in AIK so that he intentionally underperformed in the match to SEK 2 million [about $200,000].”

Etuhu played for the Super Eagles at the 2010 FIFA World Cup but was on the books of AIK when he attempted the bribe which the player offered the inducement reported. Etuhu was born in Kano but grew up in England, where he represented Preston North End, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham, and Blackburn Rovers before transferring to AIK in 2015.

In 2017, former Super Eagles defender, Efetobore Sodje was convicted and sentenced for siphoning off funds from a charity, Sodje Sports Foundation, set up, allegedly to help some football causes in Nigeria and in Africa. Bandana-wearing Efetobore represented Nigeria at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

His junior brother, Sam, who played for the Eagles on five occasions, was cleared but two other brothers – Stephen and Bright were sentenced to 30 and 21 months in jail, respectively.

Efe, said to be the face of the charity, was sentenced to 18 months in jail as the prosecution proved he received £7,500 directly from a charity ball.

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