Nigeria defender Leon Balogun has accused Ghana of using Juju “black magic” to qualify for the 2022 World Cup currently taking place in Qatar.
The Super Eagles played Ghana in the final qualifying round of the World Cup. Ghana emerged victorious, edging Nigeria via the away goal rule to qualify to the World Cup for a fourth time.
The first leg of the crunch double header at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi ended scoreless and the second leg 1-1 in Abuja, with Thomas Partey scoring the crucial away goal for Ghana.
Months on, Leon Balogun who feature in the two games has divulged that Ghana’s late decision to move the game from the Cape Coast Stadium to the Baba Yara Stadium could be based on black magic.
“It is funny because that season, the away goals rule had been scrapped everywhere. I don’t know why they didn’t do it in Africa…I have no clue. Until this day, I don’t understand,” Balogun told The Beautiful Game.
“We did go to Ghana to play the first leg and it was a tough game. You know there was this whole fuss about them changing the stadium at the last minute on Tuesday when they have never lost and they say whether Juju may or may not have been involved also or whatever.
“It was tough for us. I can’t lie…..It was really tough and we ended up playing [0-0],” he added.
Ghana bowed out of the group stages of the World Cup with 3 points, losing 3-2 to Portugal, beating South Korea 3-2 and losing 2-0 to Uruguay in the final group game.