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Kotoko Legend, Oduro Narrates How Black Magic Has Cost The Porcupines Against Hearts of Oak

Ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster encounter between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko in the Ghana Premier League (GPL) Match Week 7 outstanding match at the Accra sports stadium, Asante Kotoko revered legend Stephen Oduro has urged the club not to accept any black magic or ‘juju’ that may be given to the team by any supporters wing of the club, nor attempt to rely on black magic as means to defeat Accra Hearts of Oak.

The legendary midfielder spent a total of 16 years at Asante Kotoko in his playing days, and is highly revered as one of most important legends the Kumasi based club has produced in recent years.

Oduro, having earlier played for Real Tamale United after beginning his career with Cornerstones Babies finally left Asante Kotoko at the end of the 2016/2017 football season since joining the club in the year 2000, retiring from football at the age of 33. The iconic former number 4 shirt man has been narrating how the use of black magic [juju] by Asante Kotoko over the years and during his days with the club during matches against Accra Hearts of Oak backfired and ended up rather costing the Porcupines to lose important matches against their bitterest rivals.

According to Oduro, Accra Hearts of Oak are more experts when it comes to consulting the oracle and using superstitious means to win a football match than Asante Kotoko, and that any time the Porcupines tries it on the Phobians they ended up losing the match. “Hearts of Oak is a team that if you rely on black magic to play against them, you will lose”, Oduro told in an exclusive interview.

"So I will plead with the players [of Asante Kotoko] that for this match they should all go down on their knees and pray, or all of them should meet in camp and have a devotion and fellowship [with God] every morning or before they go to bed. They should rely on God and ask for grace from God”, he advised.

Adding to his advice, Oduro cautioned the Kotoko players not to fall for any superstitious suggestions that may come from any club official or leadership of the supporters wing.

He said, this is the time some officials may bring superstitious things to the players as a means to beat Hearts of Oak, but it must be noted that any time Asante Kotoko resorted to the use of superstitions or black magic to face the Phobians, they ended up losers instead. “When it comes to that time [of playing against Hearts of Oak], that is when you will see some officials of the club and some Circles [the supporters wing the the club] leaders coming to give this or that to the players, and that is where you see players arriving on the pitch looking very heavy. You can see that you are not of yourself”, he outlined.

He narrated for the purposes of example, one particular occasion when, during his time at the club, the Asante Kotoko players were given certain objects to be bound around their wrists, believed to be a black magic to power them beat Hearts of Oak, but it rather affected them until they removed them before they won the game 3-1 against Hearts of Oak in Kumasi.

“There was a time in a match against Hearts, before we arrived on the pitch they had given us some objects which we bound around our wrists, when we started the game with 10 to 20 minutes, Hearts dominated the game to the extend that even the players couldn’t run on the pitch. So there was a command that we remove the things from our wrists and everyone of us removed theirs, and we beat Hearts 3-1 in Kumasi. We were left with one goal to revenge that 4-0 they once beat us with, we were even leading them 3-0 until the dying embers when we all went attacking including our defenders in search for that one goal [to equal the 4-00] then they got a counter attack to score a consolation to end the game 3-1" “Truly when we removed those things we become free and were able to even take a 3-0 lead against Hearts of Oak, I used that as an example”, Oduro narrated. The America based Asante Kotoko legend made a passionate appeal to coach Prosper Narteh Ogum to stand his grounds and resist any superstitious suggestions that may come from any official, and urged the team to solely rely on God going into the match against Hearts of Oak.

“If I were in Ghana I would have gone to the camp to share that experience with the players or tell the coach to stand his grounds and resist anything anybody may bring to the team as catalyst to go and play the match. Their God on whom they had relied to play all their previous [16] matches for which they lie first on the league log, they should use that same God”, he appealed. Asante Kotoko will take on Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra sports stadium in the GPL outstanding match week 7 encounter at 3:00pm on Sunday. Story by: Stephen Tetteh



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