Derek Boateng, a former Ghanaian midfielder, has given an account of the build-up to the 2012 AFCON semi-final match between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Zambian Chipolopolo.
Ghana’s loss to Zambia, he claims, was caused by rumors of juju among the team’s players. The Black Stars had only warmed up for 15 minutes of the 45 minutes allotted to them, he explained, and it was all due to Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew.
He revealed this in a recent GTV Sports + submission in which he stated:
“We had 45 minutes to warm up before that game. We were supposed to join the Zambians on the field. Kwasi Appiah was standing at the tunnel’s entrance to lead us through the warm-up. I believe Jonathan Mensah was the one who brought me onto the field. We were all waiting for the other players to arrive. Everyone was saying that they would wait until Andre Ayew came out before taking the field.
We sat there for about 15 to 20 minutes before starting the warm-up. So we only had about 10 to 15 minutes of warm-up time during the game. Many players stated that they would not take the field before Dede Ayew did.
As a result, you’ll notice that some of them are using the restroom while others are standing or sitting. As a result, it was extremely upsetting. In Goran’s position as coach, he was unable to comprehend what was happening around him. I heard a lot of people’s voices after the game. I sprang into action and blasted everyone in my path. When Nyatankyi (the GFA President) came to me after the game, he asked me what had happened, and I explained it to him in detail.