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1995 U17 World Cup Winner Reveals How Marine Spirits Ended Careers of Top Players From Ghana
- Former Ghana U17 captain Emmanuel Bentil has revealed how players of the Ecuador 95 squad were affected by the use of black power
- The ex-Bayern Munich player discloses that several players from that victorious team went on to fail in their careers because they never paid homage to the marine spirits
- Ghana won it's second FIFA U17 World Cup in Ecuador 1995 after beating Brazil in the final in Quito
Emmanuel Bentil, captain of the victorious Black Starlets team in 1995, has made a shocking revelation of how several players from that team failed to reached their potential following theur success in Ecuador.
The team that defeated Brazil in the final to win Ghana's second U17 World Cup had several top players including the darling boy Awudu Issaka, Baba Sule and Stephen Appiah.
In an interview with Lifestyle TV, Bentil opened up on how the team consulted marine spirits to aid them win the cup.
“We went to certain places for rituals to win games. I remember even when I played monchendi (a highly competitive local football game in the 80s and 90s where teams and individuals stake bets on the outcome of matches) at Chorkor, a suburb of Accra. We used to go to the beach maybe at midnight; at 1 clock in the morning or 2 O clock in the morning," he said.
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“The whole team had to go there and pray. They will pray and call the saints and sometimes you can hear things, noise and something will come out from the sea, “like maame water (mermaid)”," he added.
The former Bayern Munich prodigy also explained many players from that team went on to sustain career threatening injuries because they failed to show appreciation to a certain spiritual leader, who is known as Acquah Isaacs.
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He mentioned the names of Stephen Appiah, Awudu Issaka, Christian Atta Gyan, Attakora Amaniampong, Abu Iddrisu, and Charles Allotey.
John Painstil opens up on 'juju' claims at AFCON 2012
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that John Painstil, one of Ghana's most capped players, has finally broken his silence on the alleged use of black magic, popularly known as juju in camp during the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon 2012.
The former Fulham and Leicester City right-back disclosed that 'things happened' and he had to at a point intervene to calm down fears in camp.
In an interview with Ghana Web, the 40-year-old admitted the rumours of 'juju' in camp sparked fears among some players but he had talk his teammates down.