Ex-Ghana international midfielder Sarfo Gyamfi says players of the Black Stars have always used ‘juju’ to enhance their performances.
But the former Kotoko midfielder, who played for the Black Stars in the 1990s, is shocked over reports that the players used ‘juju’ at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to outdo each other.
This comes after a confidential report by Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic which was presented to the executive committee of the federation was leaked to the media.
The Serbian manager was giving his reasons why the Black Stars failed to win the title and was suggesting ways of helping to solve the situation.
The coach did not name any specific players in that part of the report and the GFA is refusing to comment on the matter, saying it does not discuss any issues arising from leaked documents.
Gyamfi, who believes in spiritual consultations before matches, says even though they used juju in their players days, they used it in search of luck for the team.
“It has always happened, but players have used it to protect themselves and normally in search of luck,” Sarfo Gyami, who was a member of the Ghana side at the 1992 Nations Cup, told BBC Sport.
“I have never heard of a situation when players have used it against their own colleagues. That is a very bad situation.”
Stevanovic, who is coaching in Africa for the first time, revealed in the classified report that the use of witchcraft by the players must stop.
“We all need to help in changing some players’ mentality about using ‘black power’ to destroy themselves, and also make sure we instil discipline and respect for each other,” the coach said.