Fatau Dauda punched a ball boy during a professional football match for Enyimba, which was against Katsina United on Sunday.
The former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper has been defended on allegations following the reported.
The Ex- Orlando Pirates goalkeeper spent between July 2013 and July 2014 on the books of Pirates however, he is currently with Enyimba FC in the Nigeria Premier League.
Witnesses and reports coming from Nigeria confirm that Fatau Dauda allegedly punched a ball boy and left him unconscious during the most recent match.
“The ball boy was quickly rushed to hospital before he could be revived after Enyimba’s Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda knocked him out cold during today’s NPFL game against home team Katsina United.
“The ball boy lost consciousness when he was stepped on and punched by the Ghana international goalkeeper after Katsina United fired the winning goal seven minutes from time and it needed the quick intervention of the medical staff at the match venue to rush him out in an ambulance to the Katsina General Hospital.
Following the incident, Fatau Dauda had to be escorted by policemen from the pitch immediately after the match.
The match commissioner Prince Dada said, “I was most disgusted with the unethical and unprofessional conduct of Dauda.”
Also, Fatau Dauda’s local Nigerian club Enyimba FC has reportedly rubbished the reports and defended Dauda from the alleged punching incident.
A spokesperson for Enyimba FC said, “Having reviewed the match tape of the incident involving Enyimba goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and a ball boy in the 84th minute of the Match Day 18 of the Nigeria Professional Football League fixture against Katsina United we conclude 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.
“Dauda only knocked the ball out of the grasp of the ball boy, who had clasped the ball to his midriff to prevent access to it.
“Dauda did not punch the ball boy, as alleged by the home side, and contrary to widespread reports.
“He did not assault or beat up the ball boy in question, let alone to the “point of coma” as some sensationalist reports have purported.
“Finally this misrepresentation of facts; that the action of goalkeeper Dauda is somehow responsible for the brutality meted out to our players and officials is not only disgraceful but unacceptable.