Former Super Eagles striker, Osaze Odemwingie, has said that 70% of African players use ‘juju’ instead of modern medical means.
The 37-year-old Football star who currently plays in Indonesia, said this in a recent interview with championat.com, when he explained how he received treatment from a native doctor in Benin city instead of a medical doctor when he was injured while playing football.
”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 the 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 answered: “Yes.”
I was taken to a regular hospital, anaesthesia was done, and they put the plaster on. All is well in the end,” he said
Speaking further, he said
”At least 70% of players believe in it. They think that some kind of salve will save them. This is more suggestion. Brainwashing goes. ” he added.