Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi says he spends close to 10,000 Ghana cedis of his own money on spiritualists to carry out prayers for the success of the Black Stars.
Nyantakyi made the startling revelation on Accra-based TV3’s Hot Issues programme.
Asked which religion the prayers came from, Nyantakyi revealed: “It cuts across all religions.”
Nyantakyi was reacting to the widespread rumours that the GFA splashes a lot of cash on “ways and means” (juju or black magic), in order to aid the team in competitive games and tournaments.
“There is nothing like that,” he categorically denied, adding that monies are only paid to spiritualists who act in the name of God. He further stressed that indeed the monies paid are not fro the coffers of the FA or the government, but from the pockets of individuals like himself.
He also added that people performed sacrifices for the team, all in a bid to break spiritual barriers that may be in the way of the team and success.
Nyantakyi, who has been in power for the last eight years and has qualified the team for three World Cups, also disclosed that ‘a certain amount is set aside to cover entertainment of guests during competitions.’
The Black Stars are currently in Miami, USA, rounding up their preparations for the World Cup in Brazil. Their opening game is against the USA on June 16 in Natal.
What do you make of Nyantakyi’s revelations? Do you think it is worth spending money (whether from individual pockets or GFA coffers) on prayers for the Black Stars? Do prayers work? Share your comments with us.
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