Osaze Odemwingie reveals why 70% of African players use juju
Former Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie has revealed why most African footballers believe in juju to further their career.
In an interview with the Championat, Osaze disclosed how his mother took him to a local juju man in Nigeria instead of a hospital when he broke his hands.
According to him, 70% of African players believe that using juju will save them but noted that it was part of the brainwashing process.
“What did you encounter when I moved to Nigeria at the age of 17? With a football player. In training, I rolled my own two legs, I left the rolled-up roll, but in the fall I also hurt my shoulder and broke my arm. Mom was afraid to tell, so they took me to the local shamans. They poured hot water to relax their muscles,” he noted
“Somehow they returned the hand to the place, while I yelled, they twisted some small sticks. They conjured something else to grow better. Some local affairs. Something was connected with the chicken, some kind of rite. I come home, my mother saw the hand: “Broke?”. I answer: “Aha.” They were taken to a regular hospital, anesthesia was done, they put the plaster on. All is well in the end.
“Just at least 70% of players believe in it. They think that some kind of salve will save them. This is more suggestion. Brainwashing goes. But three years in Nigeria have been helpful to me. They called me to the big league, and there my career developed much faster.” he added.