Nigeria’s Under-23 captain, Kingsley Udoh has alleged that African charms (juju) were discovered in their dressing room, prior to their All Africa games final qualifying match against Ghana ’s Black Meteors at the Baba Yara Sports Complex on Sunday.
Holding a 3-1 first led advantage into the weekend’s cracker in Kumasi , the Nigerians crashed out of the race to play at the All Africa Games, because Ghana won 2-0.
Speaking to reporters, Udoh said that the team did not use the dressing room following the discovery of the charms.
“We were not in the match because some of us were not able to handle the horrific scenes that we saw when we entered the dressing room. I am not making excuses for our loss but when we made to enter the dressing room, we saw charms and imagine the kind of feelings or fears that could generate for young chaps like us.
“There is more to how the Ghanaians attained this win than by playing good football. We are a good team which they also know but on that day, some players I felt were good could not play well. Juju may not be working in sports but the fear of it could disorientate some people and I felt some people lost it to fear because of what they saw in the dressing room”, added Udoh.