Former player for local club Accra Hearts of Oak, Emmanuel Armah has shed more light on the role voodoo (juju) plays in football in Africa.
According to the player who is affectionately called Armah Senegal during an interview with Captain Smart of Adom FM, he once used black magic to score a goal against rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko during his playing days but remained tormented for the rest of the night.
“In 1993, a scored a last minute winner against Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Before the game, someone gave me something to eat and he told me to shoot the ball towards goal wherever a found myself.
“During a corner kick, the ball landed in front me from a tight angle and I just shot it and it ended up at the back of the net.
“When I scored the goal, after the game, I suffered a lot. I didn’t sleep that night so the next day I return the remaining stuff to the person.
“From that day, I did away with that kind of stuff.”
The use of juju in African football has been an age-long debate within football circles.
It’s believed several players and teams from the continent rely heavily on this to succeed but ironically this has not translated to any positive impact in global tournaments.