Tuesday, January 08, 2013
''I CARRIED JUJU FOR SUPER EAGLES TO WIN MATCHES'' RAFIU LADIPO
President General of the Nigeria football supporters club and other sports Rafiu Ladipo has admitted that for many years Nigeria used black magic, known locally as juju, with the hope of winning matches.
Ladipo is regarded as the country’s foremost cheer leader who has travelled the world leading thousands of supporters to cheer Nigeria to victory.
“I was carrying Super Eagles juju for so many decades until we came to realise that juju doesn’t play football,” Ladipo said on a sport programme on Lagos State owned television station.
“We have decided to put a stop to it as there are no links between football and voodoo.
“Now we believe only in praying and fasting to help Nigeria win their matches.” concludes Ladipo who will lead about 300 supporters to Nelspruit, South Africa, to cheer the Eagles to victory in this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.
In 2010, former World Cup star Taribo West told a local newspaper how he sought spiritual powers in Senegal at the height of a career which took him to the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan, AJ Auxerre and Kaiserslautern.
Nigeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations twice, on home soil in 1980 and in Tunisia in 1994.