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2014 World Cup: Michael Essien dumped 'cursed' No.8 jersey to avoid injuries - Tema Youth president

Published on: 07 June 2014
Michael Essien

By Rahman Osman

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Tema Youth president Winfred Osei claims Michael Essien opted to wear the number 5 jersey for the 2014 World Cup instead of number 8 shirt to avoid a career-threatening injury.

Osei, who doubles Ghana Football Association Executive Committee chairman, says the AC Milan ace’s major injury setbacks occurred when he was in the ‘cursed’ jersey number playing international football.

On 5 September 2008, Essien ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Ghana in the World Cup qualification stage and was out of action for six months.

He enforcer missed the majority of the 2008–09 season.

Essien was ruled out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to a relapse of the same injury playing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

The former Chelsea talisman, who wore the number 8 jersey at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, has picked the number 5 shirt for the Brazil tournament.

“When Essien was at St. Augustine College (High School) his favorite number was the number 5 jersey which brought him so much success even at that level,” he told Accra based Happy FM.

“When he first moved to France he donned the jersey number 5 and even when he moved to Chelsea he donned the same number.

“When he decided to jilt the number 5 for 8 at the national level nothing has worked for him with the stars.

“It’s not for nothing that jerseys are numbered. There are connotations to the figure behind you.”

Essien is currently in camp with the Black Stars preparing for the World Cup.


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  • selfmade says:
    June 08, 2014 12:17 am
    Carlos.... Bro, a curse is not someone casting a spell on u or using juju or voodoo on u! curses can come in so many forms and shapes! For eg, certain things happens to some people at certain times continuously that it becomes a curse to them though no devilish hands are involved! Michael essien didn't say that someone has cast a spell on him or placed a curse on him but according to the guy essien shunned the jersey no 8 BECASUE he gotta INJURED WHEN HE WAS WEARING THE NO 8 JERSEY! Simple as a,b and c! The number 5 jersey is also a regular, common number like 8 but he prefers that one because he play with it in Chelsea colors and it brought good fortune,money and fame and hence his favorite number! Every human being gotta his luck with certain numbers that's why TEN MILLION PEOPLE LL STAKE A LOTTERY BUT ONE PERSON LL WIN!
  • Tanko says:
    June 07, 2014 11:54 am
    It's true that certain numbers coincide with our stars!
  • 21guns says:
    June 07, 2014 12:24 pm
    GSN bunch of fools, must you report every news..
  • Wofa Koo says:
    June 07, 2014 12:38 pm
    Aaaah! Palmer. Afei de3 yabr3. You know everything. Now you are competing with Kwaku Bonsam. Must everything be linked with spirits?
  • sheff says:
    June 07, 2014 01:01 pm
    Oooooooioooo poor parma u r just useless n senseless
  • Abrantie - In Da House says:
    June 07, 2014 12:20 pm
    Waaa look!! What kind of country is Ghana at all? Don't we have leaders or journalists who can really be positive and open minded? Why should everything in GH be spiritual? The journalism in GH, if not controlled, could put this country into shame. They are just a bunch of unprofessional coyotes who don't know anything and all they think about is their pockets.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 07, 2014 12:12 pm
    His career is over already so I don't know why he's blaming anything on numbers.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    June 07, 2014 01:04 pm
    Abrantie..I agree with you ..this junk of journalism must cease
  • sheff says:
    June 07, 2014 01:05 pm
    Useless parma n gsn.ask parma wy he is in division one.loose talker be professional a bit u r too raw
  • benny says:
    June 07, 2014 01:07 pm
    The way superstition has eaten into the fabric of Ghanaians, there's the urgency to invest heavily into science and technology. You will think someone in his position will have a bit common sense. Cursed no8.God help Ghana.
  • lord denning says:
    June 07, 2014 01:36 pm
    How can a president of a team make such a degrading comment. If he can make such a comment on Essien, one could just imagine what goes on at his team's camp. This is unsubstantiated comment.
  • spellBOUND says:
    June 07, 2014 01:47 pm
    Another brainless twit who ignores login in favor of ignorance...this man is in the same class as that witch doctor.... smh.
  • spellBOUND says:
    June 07, 2014 01:48 pm
    true say... to suggest that there is a coloration between a jersey number and injuries is insane. i cannot even wrap my mind around how a human being has such thought.
  • selfmade says:
    June 07, 2014 01:52 pm
    What's the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS MAN AND KWAKU BONSAM? Are they different? Is about time forumites and Ghanaians shed their hypocritic tendencies about traditional African believe! THERE IS NO FORUMITE HERE WHO DOESNT BELIEVE IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL POWERS? I ll none here!
  • Lincopper says:
    June 08, 2014 02:56 pm
    at least today safemade made my day with this analysis...........
  • [email protected] 4 last 4, Brazil 2014 says:
    June 07, 2014 03:05 pm
    GFA, STRIP WINFRED OSEI OFF LEADERSHIP POSITION How can Ghana soccer progress with people of such mind set at the helms of affair? A cursed jersey? OMG
  • Augustine says:
    June 07, 2014 03:13 pm
    Is gud that he has seen it, gud lack my man
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    June 07, 2014 04:47 pm
    I'm glad Palmer NEVER used the word 'CURSED". It shouldn't be in the headlines GSN. It's too harsh and this spiritual thing is getting too much.
  • mukmin says:
    June 07, 2014 04:55 pm
    A lot of athletes are superstious even in the western world for those emulate the western world. There are American football players who refuse to shave their beards out of superstition in the playoff and all kind of weird behavior. Personally I don't believe in superstition but superstitious behavior has been exhibited at the white house by some former presidents and the spouses ie Ronald andNancy Reagan. Also I don't see a problem with our president's and leaders seeking divine guidance as long as they are not going through an intermediary ie TB Joshua and other chalatans. God gives guidance to those who ask for it.
  • mukmin says:
    June 07, 2014 05:01 pm
    You have a valid point but I think you mean correlation or disambiguation not 'coloration'.
  • mukmin says:
    June 07, 2014 05:04 pm
    sorry i meant 'for those who try to emulate the western world'
  • Jo says:
    June 07, 2014 05:47 pm
    This Osei man is confused. People just want to be heard. Essien was using the number 8 jersey because john mensah who was the vice captain was using the number 5. Essien got injured playing for Chelsea in his so called blessed no 5 jersey. You guys should give us a break.
  • boy says:
    June 07, 2014 06:44 pm
    akwasi appiah no know nothing mark my words all of u we will not progress from the group stage
  • Armah says:
    June 07, 2014 04:41 pm
    Is he try to say that no one should wear the no.8 jersey.aaooo! Ghana
  • Asamoah Gyan says:
    June 07, 2014 04:33 pm
    what about Emmanuel Agyeman Badu who donne the no. 8 , hmmmmmmmm with such imbercility at work how do we progress?
  • benny says:
    June 07, 2014 04:23 pm
    Tema youth president. That fool is a danger to youth. If anybody in charge of youth make such a stupid comment any where in Europe or USA and some parts of Asia, there will be campaigners up in arms to strip him of any contact with youth. What is the difference between numbers. It's either big or small. I personally don't believe in any form of curse any way. I am lost for words. How stupid.
  • selfmade says:
    June 07, 2014 10:52 pm
    There are certain numbers which are cursed numbers and only fools ll DISAGREED!!! People should stop their IGNORANCE because is sickening to say the least!!! Numbers such as 3,13,33 are BAD NUMBERS and even the so called WESTERN COUNTRIES shunned these numbers in their public places! Have pple heard FRIDAY THE 13TH BEFORE? In the usa, trains, subways etc are not given 13TH numbers because its considered as BAD OMEN OR BAD LUCK! Subway stops or train stops has different numbers such as 2, 4 etc but there is 13th stop! Most businesses omit the number 13 because they considered it bad luck! Numbers 3, 11 and 13 are occultists numbers and all big businesses in the states add up to 13th! From EPA,FBI,CIA, M-16, NYPD and private big multi business such as McDonald's all add up to 13th and have 13 symbols! HAVE FORUMITES EVER HEARD OF LOUIS THE 13TH BEFORE? LISTEN TO JAY Z SONG, WE RUN THIS TOWN AND EDUCATE YOURSELVES! How about PG 13 on movies? Just as some numbers are devilish, the almighty God too has his own numbers and these are 7, 9,12!! 12 apostles, 7 spirits, 7 angelic forces, 7 windows, 12 tribe, 911( emergency calls as well as police calls)!! Lack of knowledge my people perish and infact I now know that most FORUMITES ARE JUST EMPTY BARRELS MAKING HOLLOW NOISE HERE AND MOST ARE ALSO BLOCK HEAD! Am just surprised that people here are so INNOCENT AND ACADEMICALLY BLIND! By the way, take ONE DOLLAR BILL AND CHECK FOR THE EYE IN THE TRIANGLE! That is the MASONIC SYMBOL which is used by JAY Z ROC FELLER!
  • PeeWee says:
    June 07, 2014 01:43 pm
    Superstition is why African countries can never develop, and therefore languish in poverty forever. This Osei man is supposed to be educated but then just look at his line of thinking? When a country's leaders can only look up to divine intervention to solve its problems; then it shows how much trouble we are in...Africa need help!!!
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 07, 2014 02:26 pm
    Please stop this superstitious bullshit, we are proud to be Ghanaians but we are being tagged as all about which craft, juju mongers and now a bonafide official adds belief in curses to the list of abominations that Ghanaians can be tagged with. This is the 21st century grow up and leave these false beliefs behind. You are embarrassing our proud and progressive country. Let's just focus on what we know and do best, soccer! Go Black Stars!
  • boy says:
    June 07, 2014 06:39 pm
    thats why we can never develop in this country we are so religious
  • Carlos says:
    June 07, 2014 11:42 pm
    A jersey number can't be cursed its just a number ,our past number 8s haven't been good enough to wear the shirt so its "cursed" this guy just wants 2 chat utter crap which people will believe in