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Kumasi feat debunked: ‘Juju’, not Black Stars’ skills, beat Egypt 6-1!



While Ghanaians are jubilating over the shifting of their World Cup qualifiers to Kumasi from Cape Coast, believing that they had had some big wins at the stadium, including the famous 6-1 defeat of Egypt in a World Cup play-off in 2013, Sports Village Square has gathered the dirty details that led to the outlandish defeat of one of the African powerhouses in football.

In the match played on 15 October 2013, the Egyptians were annihilated 6-1, making the return leg a mere formality.

But according to a Ghanaian publication, “behind the display of great football and tactical ingenuity by Kwesi Appiah, lies the untold story of a state-sponsored juju operation that aided the victory.”

It went on to reveal that a spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association (GFA)  revealed that a Sport Minister at the time exhumed the body of a dead goat to help Ghana beat Egypt.

The said Minister is Joseph Yamin who served as a deputy to Elvis Afriyie Ankrah.

Yamin, in an interview with denied exhuming the goat himself but confirmed that the state, upon the advice of some spiritualists had to perform some rituals to help the Black Stars secure victory over the Egyptians.


The former Deputy Sports Minister confirmed to being part of delegation that visited two places in Kumasi to dig out some items which had been planted with the aim of causing the Black Stars to lose the game. 

It was also on the Kumasi pitch that South Africa’s Bafana Bafana beat Ghana 1-0 in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations’ quarter-finals.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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