Former Ghana U-17 captain Emmanuel Bentil has stated that the Black Starlets’ 1995 squad suffered a series of ailments as a result of the team’s failure to thank the spiritualist who assisted them in winning the U-17 FIFA World Cup.
According to the former Bayern Munich junior player, a guy led the team in the ceremonies in Accra before their victory at the Ecuadorian-hosted event.
According to Bentil, the athletes did not reciprocate their gratitude after the event, and as a result, they suffered identical injuries.
When questioned if the injuries were caused by normal wear and tear, Bentil said: “Not like the way it happened to the whole group.”
“The whole team had to go there and pray. They will pray and call the saints and sometimes you can hear things, noise and something will come out from the sea… ‘Like maame water’ (mermaid)” he added.
In the final, Ghana defeated Brazil 3-2, with Emmanuel Bentil scoring the game-winning goal. Except for a 1-0 triumph against Japan in their group opener, Ghana won all six games at the tournament, scoring at least one goal in each of them.
Members of the squad included: Richard Ackon, Charles Akwei, Raymond Fenny, Christian Saba, Baba Sule, Christian Gyan, Awudu Issaka, David Amoako, Emanuel Bentil, Abu Iddrisu, Joseph Ansah, Dini Kamara, Attakora Amaniampong, Patrick Allotey, Stephen Apphiah, Bashiru Gambo, Kwaku Kyere, Michael Abu.
Among the aforementioned names, Appiah turned out to be a big name in Ghana football and Africa, and later had a stroke of bad luck with reoccurring knee injuries in his career.