I Ate Bread And Water In Prison – Emenike

Newly signed West Ham striker,
Emmanuel Emenike has finally
broken his silence on the
match-fixing allegations that
led him to a Turkish prison for
days even though he was
In an exclusive interview the
new Hammers forward granted
The Sun UK, Emenike recalled
how he was treated like an
animal by Turkish authorities in
spite of being a star player for
one of the top clubs in the
country, Fenerbahce.
Emenike says he is still haunted
by the difficult time he went
through during the match-
fixing scandal.
According to him, he spent four
frightening nights in a Turkish
cell after being accused of
faking injury to deliberately
miss a title-deciding game,
surviving only on bread and
“My time in prison was a crazy
nightmare that I couldn’t wake
up from.
“I’ve never committed a crime
in my life, but I was treated like
a criminal, living on bread and
“It was not a good experience!
It gave me a different
perspective on life.”
He added: “When I was finally
cleared I thanked God for
letting justice prevail.”
Emenike’s match-fixing ordeal
started in July, 2011, when he
was playing for Turkish club
Karabukspor where just after
eight weeks of joining, he was
arrested as part of a football
corruption investigation and
accused of deliberately missing
a match against Fenerbahce
with a fake injury — in return
for getting a move to the
Turkish giants.
Fenerbahce won the game 1-0
to clinch the title, but two
weeks later the champions were
alleged to have rewarded
Emenike by signing him for
£9million. Emenike and
Karabukspor denied the
allegations and his club
produced a doctor’s certificate
verifying his injury but that did
not stop the Turkish authorities
from throwing him in jail
before he was eventually
released by a Turkish court for
lack of evidence.
Although Emenike was released
after four days, the
investigation continued and he
was not acquitted until April
Emenike remembered how
about two years later after he
was acquitted, he was on the
team bus that was shot at by a
gunman on its way to Trabzon
airport in Turkey. The driver
was wounded and taken to
hospital but all the players
escaped injury.
Emenike recalled: “I was on the
phone to my brother when I
heard a loud bang. The bus
suddenly swerved and there
was panic.
“I instinctively took cover and
our security officer told us the
driver had been shot. Seeing
him covered in blood was scary.
“We were lucky but it brought
back bad memories. I had been
involved in a terrible car
accident in Nigeria where my
mother and I both lucky to be