Afelokhai reveals how he rejected bribe from Sudanese club, Al Hilal (UPDATED)

Theophilus Afelokhai

Goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has shockingly revealed that Sudanese club, Al Hilal Omdurman offered him millions to betray former club Kano Pillars in the 2009 CAF Champions League.

It was great a year for the Nigeria Professional Football, League, NPFL, which saw two teams for the first time advanced to the last four of the competition.

Afelokhai’s Kano Pillars were eliminated from the 2009 CAF Champions League Semifinals by Heartland FC following an aggregate score of 5-0.

Reports emerged after the two-legged fixture that the former Pillars goalkeeper Afelokhai was accused of taking bribe from the Naze millionaires which resulted in the final scores.

Heartland later lost to an away goal rule to TP Mazambe in the finals. The first leg ended 2-1 and lost 1-0 in the second leg which resulted in a 2-2 aggregate score.

Afelokhai, 30, responding to the alleged match-fixing against Heartland FC, the goalkeeper denied the allegation and further revealed that Al Hilal offered him money to stay away from a match against them.

“I am not a hungry player, I am comfortable in life. I have planned my life very well for me not to be disgraced, I have what to eat in the future,” Afelokhai told journalists in an online chat on Monday.

Theophilus Afelokhai
Theophilus Afelokhai is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the NPFL (Goal)

“It is what people will say but I am not that type of player, the day I will try that, then that will be the end of my career.

‘Al Hilal of Sudan brought millions to me not to play against them, they told me to fake sickness so that I won’t play, and I turned it down.

“I can’t receive money from the opponent and stand in my goal post to betray my team, God forbid, I cannot do such a thing. If any player is involved in such a thing, follow their career and see how they will end.

“As I said earlier, I have carefully planned my life, what I will eat tomorrow is not my problem, and I don’t struggle for anything in life. Heartland does not have money to give me to sell a football match, no club can pay me to betray my teammates, if I do that, I am selling my life, ” the Enyimba goalkeeper explained.

Kano Pillars finished as Group A winners with 11 points, just 1 point ahead of second-placed Al Hilal. They lost 2-0 away in Sudan following a 2-1 home win.

Afelokhai joined Enyimba from Kano Pillars in 2015.


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