Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has spoken of his past unpleasant experiences as a professional, which includes him being accused of match fixing and being imprisoned, as well as being part of the Fenerbahce team that was attacked by gunmen.
The 28-year old joined West Ham United on loan from Fenerbahce during the winter transfer window, and has appeared twice as a substitute.
He has however endured some ordeals before his time with the Hammers, and he has spoken about those experiences.
Emenike was accused of missing a game against Fenerbahce with a fake injury in order to secure a big transfer to the club, and he was arrested and detained for four days in 2011. The issue was only cleared in 2013, when a Turkish court threw out the case for lack of evidence.
“My time in prison was a crazy nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from,” Emenike was quoted in the Sun.
“I’ve never committed a crime in my life, but I was treated like a criminal, living on bread and water.”
He however claimed the time in prison gave a ‘different perspective on life’, and said he ‘thanked God for letting justice prevail’.
During his time at Locomotiv Moscow, he was subjected to racial abuse of which he reacted with an offensive gesture, and was subsequently banned and fined. He returned Fenerbahce, but soon had some other issues to deal with.
He was part of the Fenerbahce team travelling to the airport when their team bus was shot at by unknown gunmen.
He says: “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,” he added.