According to former Super Eagles’ striker Osaze Odemwingie, many Africa Players rely on Juju and he explained how he received treatment from a voodoo man year’s back when he was injured while playing football.
The 37-year-old who presently plays in Indonesia revealed how he got injured in training before he was taken to a place for ‘juju’ treatment on his shoulder.
‘I had a fall in training; I also hurt my shoulder and broke my arm. I was afraid to tell my mom so they took me to the local juju man.
”They poured hot water to relax their muscles. Somehow they returned the hand to the place, while I yelled, they twisted some small sticks.
There was a rite with a chicken. ”I came home, my mother saw the hand: “Broke?” I answer: “Yes.” I was taken to a regular hospital, anesthesia was done, and they put the plaster on.
Odemwingie who was known for his superb skills while playing for the Super Eagles added that most African players believe in juju treatment (voodoo) than going to see doctors when injured.
”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.
Osaze last played for the Super Eagles at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Osaze Odemwingie was born in Russia but was brought to Nigeria by his parents before he started his professional football career at Bendel Insurance of Benin.