'I consult mallams before games' -Asamoah Gyan reveals

Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan has boldly disclosed that he consults pastors and mallams to get his football career going, insisting everyone needs 'spiritual fortitude' to work.

According to him, football is a 'spiritual exercise' and as such he sees nothing wrong with a football player consulting pastors and mallams before a game. There has been a growing debate over whether African players, in general, engage in voodoo before games, however, majority of them have always denied when questioned in this direction. But while others have remained coy about the subject, Gyan, though, is of the view that football, like any other occupation, requires spiritual guidance and is in support of players who consult pastors and mallams before games.

The on-loan Al Ahli striker believes the latter has been particularly misunderstood, explaining that mallams are to Muslims what pastors are to Christians. Speaking on last week's edition of the 'Delay Show' with Deloris Frimpong Manso, Gyan said every worker needs spiritual fortitude and, for him, footballers are no exception. "You can’t just rise up and say you’re going to play football because it is a spiritual exercise. You will need spiritual fortitude before you get into play and it’s not just for football but every other work”, the 31-year-old said.

He added that people must not condemn players who visit mallams, insisting it is only for goodwill prayers and nothing more. Asamoah Gyan is currently Ghana's all-time top-scorer, having netted a record 50 goals for the West African nation. He has also had notable stints in Europe, including playing for the likes of Udinese, Stade Renne and AFC Sunderland.

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