A member of the victorious 1995 FIFA U17 team that won gold at the tournament hosted by Ecuador, Awudu Issaka, has made some stark revelation that the team’s success hinged on some spiritual fortification.
Issaka, nick-named the disco dancer and dribbling magician due to his immense dribbling ability, was a huge success at the competition. He was the star player on which the team counted in their march towards the cup.
The player, while speaking to Boss FM in Kumasi made some weird revelations which he claimed were the secret behind their success story in Ecuador.
A recent allegation by a spiritualist, Mallam Issaka Salia that Black Stars player, Rashid Sumaila was responsible for Jerry Akaminko’s career threatening injury prior to the world cup 2014 in a friendly match against Netherlands has opened up a closet of revelations by a number of footballers.
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It has also sparked a fierce bashing by a number of Ghanaians who think such allegations were the works of some disgruntled individuals who posed on the corridors of football administrators and sportsmen as spiritualists.
A few others have also accused the players called into the various national teams of consulting ‘black magic’ to help their course of retaining their spot when they are called up for the teams.
Players have to fight for places in Ghana’s talented national teams and in so doing, they face stiff competition from their colleagues to be able to make the final list on any coach’s team.
The allegation has been difficult to prove as many players refuse to comment on it.
Awudu Issaka, said he and his colleagues were hurled before a spiritualist prior to the tournament in Ecuador, to seek the hand of God in their quest to win the FIFA U-17 World cup.
“In 1995 before we travelled to Ecuador for the FIFA U-17 world cup, we visited a man of God named, Servant Isaac at Akim-Oda who forecasted that we’ll win the tournament. He then cursed his Church to collapse should we return to Ghana without the FIFA U17 world cup trophy and this statement meant he (the man of God) knew what had seen,” he said.
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“Upon arrival in Ghana with the trophy the playing body especially the players had deals outside and as a result, the praise that he was expecting from us was absent and from thence he cursed the team and I made to believe it is a contributing factor to the current decline of the national U-17,” he added.
Another player who was expected to excel but had his career thwarted by injuries, Charles Taylor claims there is an excessive use of black magic 'juju' among Ghanaian players, aimed at outwitting each other for a place in the team and personal success.
He told Peace FM in Accra that, several players are indulged in the shameful act.
"Yes it is possible that thing [black magic] is in football and most of the players do it."
“I will not be surprised if it is so in the Black Stars camp. It will be very difficult for you as a player if you don’t use it.
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Meanwhile, Rashid Sumaila now with Al Qadisia has denied ever contacting the spiritualist.
Jerry Akaminko who is said to be spiritually afflicted by the juju man, has also labeled the spiritualist as an attention seeker.
Former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic passed a damning verdict in his 2012 post-Nations Cup report to his employers, the FA that his players over-relied on black magic.
Ghana is yet to replicate the success story in 1991 and 1995.