Ex-Ghana star Charles Taylor reveals heavy use of 'juju' in Black Stars

Published on: 29 January 2016

Ex-Ghana playmaker Charles Taylor claims there is an excessive use of black magic 'juju' among Black Stars players, aimed at destroying each other for international recognition.

The former Hearts and Kotoko star claims several players are indulged in the dastardly act aimed at outwitting each other for a place in the team.

A local spiritualist Mallam Isaku Salia has accused Kuwait-based defender Rashid Sumaila of orchestrating the horrible career-threatening injury sustained by international teammates Jerry Akaminko in a pre-world Cup friendly against the Netherlands in June 2014.

The wild and damning allegation has sparked a wave of controversy in the West African country with huge consequences for the reputation of the former Kotoko defender.

Despite the persistent denial and legal threat by Sumaila, the aggrieved spiritualist appears to be unmoved, and insists the Al Qadsia contracted him to destroy Akaminko to enable him grab a place in the team ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Ex-Ghana footballer-turned pastor Charles Taylor has revealed there is heavy use of black magic  'juju' among players of the national team - a situation he fears has affected the rise of the team.

"Yes it is possible that thing [black magic] is in football and most of the players do it," he told Accra-based Peace FM

“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.”

Superstitious Ghana players are believed to be handing fortunes to witchdoctors in a bid to earn a place in the Black Stars.

Top players, mostly based in Europe, continue to make trips to several African nations to visit Juju men with supposed supernatural powers.

They are taught bizarre rituals said to boost their skills or break the curse of an injury.

Former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic passed a damning verdict in his 2012 post-Nations Cup report which revealed the over-reliance on black magic by his players.

The use of black magic is a damning indictment of the mindset of these professionals, who are mostly European base and are usually expected to believe in the ability of hardwork and the scientific process to achieve rewards on the field.

By Patrick Akoto, follow on twitter:@Patakoto1



  • Mensah
    says: 3 years ago
    Baseless arguement,come out with players who should have been selected to the and were.and not forget that every coach has his game plan and naturally select players who can play.so God is not powerful enough to help God fearing players to succeed.Is that what Pastor Taylor is saying?.currently aafcon for home based players is going on and Ghana did not qualify,olmpics games we did not qualify.and even as am writing national league has not started.
    says: 3 years ago
    Charlce and Awudu Issahaka are failed individuals in the world's competitive football and are very stupid by going on air on this issue of "JUJU" To remind them it's not only African problem but even the European teams are victims of it Example rematch the 1998 world cup bt n Brazil and France.and no one will tell you what was going on. Thanks