Nigeria’s Striker Emenike Joins Spartak Moscow

Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike has left Turkey’s Fenerbahce to join Spartak Moscow in Russia. He was detained over a Turkish match-fixing allegation but released without charges earlier this month.

Fenerbahce notified the Istanbul stock market on Thursday without saying which clubs are interested in Emenike, who has been selected for Nigeria’s squad for the August 9 friendly against Ghana in London. He was sold for $10m.

Fenerbahce faces the threat of losing its league title and possible relegation along with some other clubs probably before the start of the season on September 9.

The Nigerian forward joined Fenerbahce during this summer transfer and was to feature for the Turkish champions until 2015 in the first instance. The Turkish giants signed Emenike from another Turkish club Karabukspor.

The transfer offer to him was allegedly part of a well coordinated match-fixing scheme. He, However, denied the allegation. His contract with Karabukspor was slated to expire in June 2013. He joined the Turkish team only in 2009 and established himself as one of the top players in the Turkish league.

He was arrested when the Turkish Police made several arrests on the match-fixing issue. He was later freed after being in custody for five days as part of a widespread police clampdown on illegal dealings in the Turkish league.

A court ordered his release insisting that the player had no case to answer in the investigations.

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