Gombe Goalie Fabiyi Lands in Hospital, as Fans Attacked him for “deliberately Conceding”

Gombe Goalie Fabiyi Lands in Hospital, as Fans Attacked him for “deliberately Conceding”

Gombe United Goalkeeper, Fabiyi Emmanuel was attacked by the club supporters on Wednesday following a 3-3 draw against Enugu Rangers in a rescheduled NPFL match at the Pantami Stadium, which landed the goal tender in hospital.

Fabiyi conceded three goals in the six-goal thriller of the rescheduled matchday 19 league game against the champions, Rangers at the Pantami Stadium.


Gombe were often on the back foot, chasing the game and trailed 2-0 before the hour mark.


The atmosphere was volatile according to reports and a section of the home fans were hauling missiles during the encounter.


On the 63rd minute, the home side pulled one back and two minutes later leveled up.


Late on, Gombe eventually took the lead – having come from behind twice – but on the 90+5′ Rangers converted a 30 yard free-kick to earn a deserved point.


However, the irate fans of the relegation threatened Gombe United will have none of it and so turned on the goalie.


Fabiyi was accused of complicity to see Rangers come off with a point.


Speaking with brila.net the shaken goalkeeper said it was “my worst experience in nearly 20 years in the Nigerian league”.


“The fans accused me of conniving with Rangers to allow the last goal in.

“There was noting I could have done to save that kick because we were playing against the wind and though I stretched to keep the ball out, I just couldn’t.”


He expressed shock and disappointed with the club officials and attitude of the fans.

“What hurts most about the whole thing is that I flee from the scene to the hospital for treatment, but as we speak (on Wednesday) no club official has called to know how I’m doing.”


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