Active footballers have shied away from commenting on ‘juju’ in football when asked about it for fear of being ridiculed or seen as being evil.
However, Ghana’s ‘dribbling magician’, Mohammed Polo known for his dribbling prowess says the black magic practice dates as far back to the days of Adam.
Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed (Polo) who played for both the Black Stars and Accra Hearts of Oak in the early 70’s through to the 80’s has revealed in an interview on OKAY FM that he suffered injuries as a result of the charms of other players on him through ‘juju’.
The "Dribbling Magician" revealed that as a footballer, he had his own source of protection and that was his faith in Allah. He noted that as a player, he was able to stand against his exciting career being brought to an abrupt end by spiritual forces that other players consulted because he prayed and obeyed the instructions of the Quran.
Polo said as staunch Muslim, he made sure he always prayed five times in a day and did his best to add the optional ones which other Muslims refused to perform.
This he said was to ensure Allah protected him from falling to the effects of spirituals forces that were sent on the field to attack him.
Polo was a member of the Black Stars 1982 winning AFCON squad and won the national league title with his mother club Accra Hearts of Oak; a team he later coached.