Footballer states he did not kill his friends to further his career

Talk about bad press! Sports star Asamoah Gyan had to have a press conference to clear up allegations that he was responsible for the deaths of his two friends in what looks like a jet ski accident. Ghana media and local reports suggested he had committed some ritual sacrifice.

BBC Sport – Asamoah Gyan denies ‘ritual sacrifice’ of Ghana rapper Castro.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says claims that he killed his friend and Ghanaian rapper Castro as part of a ritual sacrifice are “wild and absurd”.

Afrobeats artist Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu, in July.

They disappeared while using jet skis on holiday with former Sunderland striker Gyan’s family in the Ghanaian coastal town of Ada.

Allegations in Ghana’s media suggested the disappearance was suspicious.

A statement from the Gyan family, read by their lawyer Kissi Agyabeng, attacked the media for “wild allegations and rumours … ranging from the absurd – of the imputation of criminality to [Gyan] in the sense that he either murdered Castro or had him kidnapped possibly that he sacrificed him spiritually to enhance his career.

In 2010 Gyan recorded two songs with the music artist Castro.

The culture in Ghana is rife with superstition. It is common belief that “juju” helps a team win. There have been many accusations of use of magic by the football teams to win matches. No allegations of human sacrifice have ever been validated. But it seems to be accepted that this could occur.

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  1 comment for “Footballer states he did not kill his friends to further his career

  1. Sérgio
    September 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    If witchcraft could win a match, almost all African championships would end in ties.

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