Maduka Okoye Attacked After Saving A Penalty In Sparta Rotterdam Match
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By Amaechi Agbo
Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Maduka Okoye was a victim of attack on Friday after he saved a penalty in his club’s 1-0 away scoreline against Vitesse in the Netherlands Eredivisie, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Okoye who was in blistering form and made 9 crucial saves to deny the home side was attacked by a pitch invader shortly after he saved a penalty kick
Okoye was on the verge of keeping his third clean sheet of the season against Vitesse before the game was suspended in the 92nd minute.
Okoye went into the game having kept just two clean sheets in nineteen games, and conceded twenty-nine goals in the process.
Andrian Dalmau gave Sparta Rotterdam the lead in the 5th minute but Vitesse were handed a lifeline in the 65th minute after they were awarded a penalty.
The Super Eagles goalkeeper was in his best element on the night and had kept his team close to a big win before the Vitesse fanbase grew irate.
In the 63rd minute, Vitesse were awarded a spot kick after Tom Beugelsdijk fouled Thomas Buitink. Okoye stopped Lois Openda’s effort from 12 yards.
Thereafter, a fan from the home side invaded the pitch and made straight to attack Okoye who rebuffed his threats a d chased him away
The former Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper was attacked with bottles on the pitch and also stood up to a fan who stormed the pitch to confront him. He asked the fan to leave the pitch before the referee suspended the game as a result of the irate home fans’ troubles.
Details of the invasion were sketchy at press time but the match was further put to abrupt stop after a plastic bottle was targeted at the 22 years old.
Sparta Rotterdam currently lie 16th in the 18-team Eredivisie and were close to a big win against their more illustrious opponents.