Nigerian striker, Brown Ideye, was quoted in British tabloid The Mirror, saying that “top Premier League players” are spending ridiculous amounts of money on trips to West Africa to consult with witchdoctors. At these consultations, according to the report, they are taught how to perform “bizarre rituals” to break “the curse of injury”.
He claimed that some of the players are being duped by the ‘medicine men’.
“I know players who get involved with the Juju men and they can’t get out. It’s a trap. They might get short-term benefits, but in the long run they pay for it. Juju men have a lot of influence.
“These are men who are just trying to make themselves rich and tell you they can make your life perfect,” he said.
The case of Emmanuel Adebayor’s reported claims last year that his mother was using juju to control him and his finances was referenced too by the paper. It’s unclear how the publication established a link between Adebayor’s domestic situation and the reported consultations.
According to the report, some of the rituals include the £460-a-time Troupkéka Milika. Benin-based Juju man Marabout Degla explained: “During its nine days you cannot sleep with a woman and you should cover yourself with a white loincloth while you sleep at night.”
While Mr Ideye’s intentions may be pure, perhaps he should keep his focus on the football pitch instead of spreading stories that perpetuate harmful stereotypes about Africans.