Ex-Ghana U17 captain Emmanuel Bentil claims Stephen Appiah and several top Ghanaian prospects failed to fulfill their career promises due to the powers of a marine spirit.
Bentil claimed many of the 1995 national team U-17 players sustained life-threatening knee injuries which eventually ended their careers after the team failed to “show appreciation” to a spiritualist, one Acquah Isaacs who ‘assisted’ the team with prayers before the triumph at the FIFA World Cup victory in Ecuador.
The midfielder, who signed for European giants Bayern Munich in 1995 from local club Okwahu United, failed to make a single senior appearance for the Bavarians.
Eventually, the one-time promising midfielder’s career hit the rocks as he turned up for clubs in lower-division leagues in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Vietnam, and the United States of America.
Speaking to Ghana’s Press Attaché at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games Erasmus Kwaw on LifeStyle TV’s Heart and Soul programme, the Tema-born midfielder made some stunning revelations.
“The whole team had to go there and pray. They will pray and call the saints and sometimes you can hear things, noise, and something will come out from the sea,” he revealed.
He named several players from that generation of players including himself, Stephen Appiah, Awudu Issaka, Christian Atta Gyan, Attakora Amaniampong, Abu Iddrisu, and Charles Allotey.
Asked about the possibility that his teammates may have sustained the knee injuries as a result of wear and tear normally associated with footballers or sportsmen, Bentil insisted the injuries were a result of a curse
“Not like the way it happened to the whole group. Most of us ended up with knee injuries,” Bentil insisted.
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