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Ghana have slammed claims by Nigeria players that black magic ‘juju’ was used by the Black Meteors to deny them a place at the All African Games.

The Black Meteors beat the Nigerians 2-0 in Kumasi to qualify for the tournament in Maputo after losing the away leg 3-1 in Benin City.

In the wake of their humiliating defeat in Kumasi , Nigeria captain Kingsley Udoh claimed that there was an object in their dressing room in Kumasi which points to the use of magical powers to win the game.

But the Ghanaian authorities have rubbished the claims by the Udoh insisting they refused to use a new dressing room after they had spotted fungi-infested left out food which had been left there inadvertently.

Spokesman of Ghana Football Association, GFA, Randy Abbey, stressed that Nigerians should not lay claim to charms as the reason for their loss but an issue of misinterpretation and incompetence.

"First of all, what happened was very very embarrassing to say. The thing is that somebody had eaten food in a take-way pack and left it in one of the lockers presumably the last time the stadium was used, and the cleaners in the stadium did not do work well enough by cleaning it, so, it attracted fungi. That was what the Nigerian team saw and was opposed to.

"It is just an issue of negligence in relation to who was supposed to clean the place and that of the stadium manager most especially for the fact that it is an international match.

"The most important thing is that, when the Nigerian team drew the attention of the match commissioner, the sports authority opened a third dressing room but the Nigerians refused. They insisted that they would use the corridor instead of the locker room that was clean.

"It was embarrassing for us as a country to make such kind of mistake. For me, I do not believe in charms (juju) to play football because if it works, all of us should know the country that would be winning the World Cup by now. I will find it a bit outrageous that people in this modern world would want to blame charms (juju) for their defeat," Abbey revealed.

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  • maxob4 8 years ago

    am surprised Randy is wasting his time on these useless issue. ok it was juju so wat??????? wat dont those people do in their juju filled country???????? We have to continue or dominance over these nkontomire people to shut them up

  • Kay 8 years ago

    I am a Ghanian of Nigerian extraction. Stop attacking the country of Nigeria as though Ghana is holy. Ghanians acidic tongues and pompousity would always make me consider you people narrow minded. Your president, Atta Mills needs to orientate his citizens... The game of soccer does not spread hate. We don't care in Nigeria if a tiny Ghana whose land mass is not up to Lagos State hates us. I am proud to be a Nigeria.

  • fada 8 years ago

    shld Randy at all comment on this useless statement? After all, wat is juju? the origin of juju in africa football is Nigeria. Go and ask Emenalo and Obi.....

  • eric 8 years ago

    nonsense Kay, go back to your country to teach them how to play football rather than fear juju. do you know the Country called Israel? what is thier population? but GOD has choosen them. we dont use population to play football or dominate. but we use wisdom. that is the difference between Ghana and Nigeria. look at what a tiny country like Ghana has been able to achieve. Nigeria is about 4 times bigger than Ghana but yet we have achieve grate things than Nigeria. please dont be jealous if not the wraf of GOD will fall upon you. God bless Ghana.

  • Emmanuel milano 8 years ago

    Kay so u ve the nerve to comment and even said something wrong about Ghana,a country which is harbouring most of your useles inhabitants despite the crime and prostitution they have all choosen to be the occupation. inbesitise dumb country which is proud of it criminal records are we talking of population here. pity u do u know the population OF Aussie,equitoria guinee and holland and not to waste more time Ghana . can u in anyway compare ur corrupt country to it.ur football adminstration boss adamu have been ban from the game cus of this same corruption. kindly shout up and begin to learn from ghana,rem the elephant was advice to obtain wisdom from an ant same apply to ur corrupt and gud for nothing country. anyway see u in london in august ur defeat number 5 await u there dis tym round blame the officials cus u wont ve any look alike to use as a yawsticks.

  • lucan 8 years ago

    you Ghanaians who are very retarded sometimes, i know the Nigerian excuse of juju was baseless and preposterous but does that call for running your unwashed shitty mouths?

  • SaxCee 8 years ago

    Why is it that naija alwaes population wen it cmes two to greatness. Mtcheeew

  • Segun 8 years ago

    Surprised at the comment depicting hatred towards Nigeria. Did you guys read the article to learn the reason why the 'juju' scare came up - a rotten food in the dressing room. I am disappointed when I come here (just because of the upcoming friendly between Nigeria and Ghana) and I see a lot of comments that transcend beyond soccer. Ghana may be great today, Nigeria was there yesterday and we will surely overcome our present problems. If Nigeria does well, it is good for the whole of West Africa, ditto Ghana. With the way things are going, I wonder if Ghanaians or Nigerians will not even prefer the success of Eastern or Southern African nations rather to that of the rival country

  • kwame-Blazefame 8 years ago

    so will the same thing be said about the Gh team's locker room???????...no precisely but anyway it wasnt good to leave a room lik dat for them to attack it for they performance. they deserve to lose after all the bragging rights they enjoyed in their country....who makes juju more than them and if it was juju then they should have beaten GH lik 5-0...peace.

  • kwame-Blazefame 8 years ago

    And another, if juju can win u all those games then An Africa country could ve won the biggest price in football already...but dat same statement aint true right??ma naija ppl answer me.

  • NanaKash 8 years ago

    my brother comot for der. what has our president got to do with this... idiot. you think football is played by mouth.

  • NanaKash 8 years ago

    tel him.

  • NanaKash 8 years ago

    tell him.

  • solo 8 years ago

    maxob4, DONT BE SILLY.YOUR PRESIDENT GOES TO T.B. JOSHUA IN NIGERIA FOR HELP.MUMU

  • Mikael Fante 8 years ago

    Kay, learn your geography well. Ghana is larger and more populated than lagos state. secondly, trying to compare naija to ghana is like comparing a squirrel to a leopard. Ghana has the richest history, culture and heritage accross the entire sub-saharan Africa. not only did ghanaian tribes form the ancient egyptian empire, these tribes migrated to form the ancient ghana empire. these two empires where the prominent in the world at their peak. as if it was enough, these tribes migrated to present day ghana and formed powerful kingdoms like wassa, denkyira, adanse, akyem and akwamu. the most prominent of these kingdoms been the asante empire (which was described by european scholars to be the most civilised/advanced kingdom and has the strongest army in subsaharan africa and the fante confederacy which the described as the most sophisticated and artistic tribe in africa hence producing greats like kofi annan, kwegyir aggrey, mensah sarbah, casely hayford, king aggrey, efua sutherland and our current ruler atta mills. don't envy as omo naija, we are of royal blood. sons and daughters of ndewura jakpa, togbui sri, osei tutu, okai kwei, na gbewa and the rest. shalom.

  • 21 guns 8 years ago

    WHY AE YOU WASTING YOUR TIME ON THIS ANIMALS CALL NIGERIANS ,THEY ARE LIKE GOAT ANY THING YOU ADVICE THEM NOT TO DO THEY WILL REPEAT IT IF YOU ARE NOT THERE ,TINY GHANA BUT GHANA IS MADE UP OF WISE PEOPLE HOW MANY TIMES HAVE GHANA BEATEN NIGERIA AND HOW MANY TIMES HAAVE THEY BEATEN GHAANA ASK YOUR SELF AALATA YAW ...HAS NIGERIA EVER REACHED LAST 16TH IN WORLD CUP BEFORE ,THEY CANT AND IT CANT BE POSSIBE .. BUT IS GOODLUCK JONATHAN AA TWIN BROTHER OF MR IBO ,THEY LOOK HANDSOME ..

  • Koby 8 years ago

    You think your gutter mouth is clean, mtschewwwwww..

  • kotsi kesi 8 years ago

    can a naija person give me juj 4 my prick?? u guys be mbelefoo paa.. that kay boy be capenter 4 abuja.. useless he goat.. anyway kay ur prick like toothpick

  • Mikael Fante 8 years ago

    ...and which fool just said nigerians feed ghanaians and that our blood comes from naija. over our dead bodies. learn some history. 1. every tribe in this world migrated from somewhere, however in ghana, the adangmes and gas migrated from somewhere in naija after their exodus from israel. 2. akans who were historically the most advanced ethnic group on the continent were in the agriculture revolution in the 14th and 15th centuries and thus were importing slaves from the slave coast 'naija' and benin to work on our farms and maids in our homes hence the word 'efie nipa' meaning person of the house or slave. these naija slaves only brought to our civilisation, witchcraft and more juju. our major slave partners were the portuguese. 3. the 70's saw a boom in naija's economy with the discovery of oil. ghanaians went to naija to take the opportunity and make some gains. after a while, the nigerians could not simply stand the fire in the royal ghanaian blood. ghanaians were working harder, better and more intelligently. and when naija saw how the ghanaians came to dominatd they eventually said ''ghana must go'' and drop ghanaians out and also resulted in inter marriages when the naija men saw that the gh women were more 'endowed' and sophisticated. and it is only natural that they father the offsprings. today, there so many nigerians in ghana engaging themselves in three major activities: smoking weed/igbo, internet fraud and armed robbery. we also bust their sorry asses and throw them into jail. naija cannot tarnish the hard earned peaceful image and level mindedness ghanaians havd worked to achieve. my ancestors: yaa asantewa, obunumankuma, odapagya, osun, tohazie, nene kumo, nana kofi adinkra all bear me withness. shalom.

  • AUSSY GUY 8 years ago

    GHANA MUST GO THINK GHANA FORGOT THAT NIJA IS BETTER THAN GHANA FOOLS

  • AUSSY GUY 8 years ago

    TILL THE WORLD WILL END NIJA WILL ALWAYS BETTER THAN GHANA(GHANA MUST GO HAHAHAHA)

  • AUSSY GUY 8 years ago

    GHANA WILL ALWAYS BE MUGU FOR LIFE THEY ARE DISGRACE FOOLS

  • Mikael Fante 8 years ago

    Yes, it is true. i agree 100%. naija is senior over ghana when it comes to armed robbery, poverty, 419, blood money, prostitution, religious clashes, juju, witchcraft, sacking foreigners when they feel threatened, foolishness, ugly and funny looking heads of state and flat assed and shapeless women. yes we give all to you, naija all the way. it's a shame how nigerians tarnish africa's image worldwide and ghanaians earns the admiration and respect all over the world. naija, an over populated country full of miscreants and a citizenry with low i.q's (they can't even pronounce the words doctor and nurse correctly. what a shame. some banks in the u.k have bold inscriptions that say 'no nigerians allowed here'. and in china, they don't even want to here the word nigeria. they just picture criminals. what a pity.

  • conty 8 years ago

    randy u sure say u dont believe in juju. form the day of phobia till the famous ways and means? that is not to say the nigerian claims are true, in fact it is myopic. but sure u believe in juju

  • mpress 8 years ago

    nigeria sucks y r u people soo jealous of ghana?

  • steven 6 years ago

    well well it all about football you guys forgotten that Nigeria and GHANA are one in football Nigeria was in top and now is Ghana then why Ghanians will BE insulting Nigerians IT SLD BE SO you Ghanians shld not forget once a solider always a solider, Nigeria are the men Ghana is the women it terms of personality Ghana can't stand in Africa but Nigerians are the first and last,, in a country it not possible for every one to be perfect no no Ghanians so much hate Nigeria why Nigeria GOVERNMENT give to Shana government FINANCIALLY as Ghana ever give to Nigeria no no not at all, my Gospel truth here is Ghana suld lover their brothers if they love GOD Ghana is bless country land of diamond and gold but Nigeria are more blessed than any west Africa country oil gold timber ETC we sld kw GOD has bless every one according am happy am Nigerian in Ghana GOD BLESS AFRICANS

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