Soccer News of Friday, 29 January 2016
Mallam Issaka Salia’s revelation alleging Rashid Sumaila is responsible for Jerry Akaminko’s career threatening injury pre-world cup 2014 in a friendly match against Netherlands has opened up closets of spiritual assistance sought by heads of the national teams and its players.
Many have accused 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. It’s been difficult to prove as many players refuse to comment on but in the long run, do when things begin to fall apart in their life post-footballing career.
Awudu Issaka, nicknamed the dribbling magician was a prominent member of the U17 team that brought Ghana glory in 1995 but his career that many predicted will be a fruitful and successful one didn’t go as planned.
In an interview with Kumasi-based radio, Boss FM 93.7, Issaka revealed the secret behind their success story in Ecuador and why they were confident before the tournament even commenced.
“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.
“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.
Ghana is yet to replicate the success story in 1991 and 1995.