Enyimba Defend Goalkeeper Over Alleged Assault On Ball Boy
Nigeria Professional Football League side, Enyimba International have put up a defense for their Ghanaian goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda who was accused of punching a ball boy to coma during a League game away to Kastina United over the weekend.
The Peoples' Elephant claim that they have carefully studied the footage of the incident and have seen beyond reasonable doubts that Dauda did not commit the offence he is being accused of.
In a statement from the seven-time Nigerian League champions, it was stated that Dauda simply sought, in the aftermath of Katsina United’s second goal, to retrieve the ball from the ball boy in order to facilitate a quick restart.
Part of the Enyimba statement highlighting the conclusions drawn by the Aba club read: "That Dauda knocked the ball out of the grasp of the ball boy, who had clasped the ball to his midriff to prevent access to it.
"That Dauda did not punch the ball boy, as alleged by the home side, and contrary to widespread reports.
"That Dauda did not assault or beat up the ball boy in question, let alone to the “point of coma” as some sensationalist reports have purported.That any contact with the ball boy in the process of dislodging the ball was clearly and purely incidental."
Enyimba pointed out that Dauda is a seasoned professional and a Ghana international who has represented his country at a World Cup, the biggest footballing stage in the world.
In light of this, Enyimba have made demands that the unsportsmanlike and violent conduct of fans of Katsina United be condemned outright for what it is: a brutal and violent assault on our team.