Former management member of Accra Hearts of Oak Aziz Haruna Futa has revealed that during the 2004 CAF Confederation Cup finals against Kumasi Asante Kotoko they had to dig a dead body and put some substance in its mouth to be able to win the cup.
Speaking on Asempa Fm’s morning sports show on the issue as to whether juju and its accompanying superstitious beliefs have a place in football, Aziz stated that games between Hearts and Kotoko thrives on juju aside quality of players each team has.
“Whoever says juju does not have a place in Hearts and Kotoko games does not know what he is talking about.”
“Before the Confederations Cup finals in 2004 we went to consult and we were told that the game would end 1-0 in favour of Asante Kotoko and if Hearts of Oak would win then they had to divide the game into two so it ends 1-1 then eventually the Phobians would win on penalties.”
“So upon this we were given some substance and asked to go dig a fresh dead body in the cemetery and put the substance in the dead bodies mouth to ensure victory for Hearts, which they did religious.
He stated that they were very determined at the time to win that the “virgin cup” and that over their dead body would they sit for Kotoko to beat them to that trophy, so they were ready to lay down their lives to make sure Hearts win the cup at all cost and they did so to the latter.
Aziz further revealed that Kotoko also went round to consult and were told that should Hearts of Oak be led onto the pitch by a white person, Hearts of Oak would win the game.
“I was at a management meeting at the time and had a text form a Kotoko insider who informed me that Kotoko has gone to consult and were told that if Hearts of Oak is led onto the pitch by a white person, Kotoko would lose the game.”
So armed with this information, Hearts quickly flew “Millennium Chairman” Harry Zakour who was in Accra by then to come over to Kumasi to lead the team onto the pitch to ensure that victory.