Prophet Ngozi Akuwuogu

Prophet Ngozi Akuwuogu who claimed to have helped Super Eagles of Nigeria win AFCON 2013, has come out to say Nigeria will also win Championship for African Nations (CHAN), if he is allowed to give the team such spiritual guidiance again.

“I am ready to go with Super Eagles to South Africa to offer prayers and give the team such spiritual guidiance needed to win each match.”  said Prophet Akuwuogu

But will Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) allow the Prophet be among the National team’s crew to South Africa after the media rout last year? Does Super Eagles need such spiritual envocations to win CHAN?

Stephen Keshi, Super Eagles coach, in responding to the questions said: “I am not a Pastor or a Prophet. I am just a coach and my job is to select the right mix of players and put them in their best physical and mental condition to win the championship. I guide the team based on my tactical knowledge of the game.”

He further explained: “The boys I have selected may be as good as the team that won AFCON. Though, I agree there’s an element of luck required to win, but I am not in the position to decide if the Prophet should be among the team back staff. We shouldn’t win at all cost, so I wonder if a Prophet is necessary.”
List of Super Eagles Players For CHAN
GOALKEEPERS: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC); Dele Alampasu (Abuja Football College)
DEFENDERS: Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Francis Benjamin (Heartland FC); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Ikechukwu Gabriel (Bayelsa United); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Erhun Obanor (Insurance FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Ugonna Uzochukwu (Enugu Rangers); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC); Ikenna Hilary (Sunshine Stars); Abdullahi Shehu (Kano Pillars); Joshua Obaje (Warri Wolves)
FORWARDS: Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Gbolahan Salami (Shooting Stars); Barnabas Imenger (Lobi Stars); Aliyu Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Christian Obiozor (Enugu Rangers); Ifeanyi Ede (Enyimba FC)

Another opinion from the Chairman Nigeria football Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo explains that spiritual preparation is part of the entire conditioning  of a team that intend to win a major championship.

“A team that must win should prepare both physically, pychologically and spiritually; and if Prophet Ngozi is the right man to help condition Super Eagles spiritually so be it. He can be part of the support team to South Africa.” Ladipo concluded.

Prophet Ngozi picture above claim his Spiritual power to Win

Well. Many football followers in Nigeria have questioned the effecacy of such spiritual means and wondered why any African team hasn’t won the world cup using such diabolicals.

Indeed,  global football commentators have also played down on any such claim of spiritual influence on the game of football  – “It doesn’t matter because spirits don’t play football.”

You can say that again, but not in Africa! The strong fetish belief in  the continent drive most teams to go diabolical. It’s just part of life here, the belief that the spiritual control everything physical. There’s also the phenomenon called ‘god of soccer’ and the need to evoke it’s power in favor of a team. Over the years, it has taken various demension and means in African football.

There’s ‘Black Magic’ which envolves some rituals like envoking the dead, use of images to charm the game or use of spiriual mirror or pot of fire by some voodoo or Juju Priest.

There’s also White Magic’ the reading of palm, gazing of stars or crystal ball by some Astrologists. Then, ‘Jewish or Arabic prayers’ where some Prophets or Imam use Bible Psalms or Koran to evoke powers. These things happen in African football.

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