Soccer News of Thursday, 28 January 2016
Former Accra Hearts of Oak playmaker Charles Taylor claims some Black Stars players could be involved in the practice of Black magic popularly known as ‘juju’.
In an interview with Peace FM, the former Black Stars player said “Yes it is possible that thing [black magic] is in football and most of the players do it.”
The use of black magic in the senior national team has been a long-standing debate. It became a topical issue in 2012 after former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic attributed the team’s poor showing at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to the practice of black magic in camp.
Taylor’s comment also comes days after a juju man claimed that he helped Black Stars defender Rashid Sumaila to cause an injury to Jerry Akaminko ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Sumaila has denied the allegations saying he has no idea who the juju man is and his motive for such wild claims.
But Taylor who is now an ordained pastor states that he would not be surprised some Black Stars players use juju on each other.
“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…most players who are God-fearing turn not to succeed in football because they don’t use black magic.
“This particular Black Stars team has had the same players being invited for the past five years, and it’s going to be difficult for a player to break into the team even if that player is very good.”
The attacker played for Hearts between 2000 and 2003 after joining from city rivals Great Olympics, before controversially transferring to Kotoko.
He was a member of Hearts’ 2000 Caf Champions League-winning squad as well as Ghana’s team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and the 2009 African Nations Championship.