- Osaze Odemwingie has revealed that many African players believe in juju (voodoo) treatment than going to hospital when injured
- Odemwingie made this known while explaining how he got injured years back in which he was taken to a local place for treatment
- Osaze added that he was scared of telling his mother then and had to go to the juju place for treatment on his shoulder
Former Super Eagles' striker Osaze Odemwingie has explained how he received treatment from a voodoo man years back when he was injured while playing football.
Osaze Odemwingie was born in Russia, but was brought to Nigeria by his parents before he started his professional football career at Bendel Insurance of Benin.
The 37-year-old who currently plays in Indonesia has now revealed how he got injured in training before he was taken to a place for 'juju' treatment on his shoulder.
''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 their 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 answer: "Yes." I was taken to a regular hospital, anesthesia was done, they put the plaster on. All is well in the end,'' Odemwingie told championat.com.
Odemwingie who was known for his superb skills while playing for the Super Eagles added that most African players believe in juju treatment (voodoo) than going to see doctors when injured.
''At least 70% of players believe in it. They think that some kind of salve will save them. This is more suggestion. Brainwashing goes.
''But three years in Nigeria have been helpful to me. They called me to the big League, and there my career developed much faster,'' he added.
Osaze Odemwingie last played for the Super Eagles at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how the manager of an hotel in Benin, Edo state, belonging to the Nigerian footballer Osaze Odemwingie was reportedly killed by unknown gunmen.
Osato Okunkpolo is said to be the name of the hotel manager located along Erediauwa Street, off Upper Sokponba Road, Ikpoba-Okha local government according to Daily Trust citing NAN.
He was reported to have been killed on Sunday evening, February 17, at the hotel by the gunmen who forcefully gained access to the premises.
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