Black Stars players might be using ‘juju’, Charles Taylor claims

The former Ghana international claims ‘black magic’ is part of modern football and suspects its use by Black Stars players.

Former Ghana playmaker Charles Taylor believes black magic is being used in football, claiming that Black Stars players could be involved in the practice.

The use of black magic, known as ‘juju’, in the country’s football has been a long-standing debate, becoming a major talking point when former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic attributed the team’s poor showing at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to the practice.

“Yes it is possible that thing [black magic] is in football and most of the players do it,” Taylor told 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 have 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.”

Last month, Taylor, now an ordained man of God, similarly disclosed that it would be difficult for players in the local topflight to serve God “really well” due to occult practices by teams.

The attacker played for Hearts between 2000 and 2003 after joining from city rivals Great Olympics, before controversially transferring to Kotoko.

He was a member of Hearts’ 2000 Caf Champions League-winning squad as well as Ghana’s team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and the 2009 African Nations Championship.