Juju Made Me Stop My Son From Playing For Nigeria – Father Of Germany Youth International Opens Up


Four years ago with Nigeria already through to the World Cup in Russia, the coach of the Nigerian team Gernot Rohr made moves to convince players of Nigerian descent to switch allegiance to the team.

Rohr who is no longer at the helm is presently the coach who was very successful in luring players of Nigerian origin playing for other nations or born abroad to pledge their international future to Nigeria. As many as seven players were capped during his six year stay as coach.

Tyrone Ebuehi, Maduka Okoye, Calvin Bassey, Ola Aina, Kevin Akpoguma and Joe Aribo top the list but he also failed in his bid to lure some players with then Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha among those he failed to convince.


Now at Belgium side Genk, the father of the defender who has represented Germany from U17 to U23 level told his son not to play for Nigeria as he is scared of voodoo popularly called Juju in the camp of the Nigerian team.

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A teammate of the former youth international told OwnGoalNigeria.com in a chat that his father who had stints with JIB Rocks, IICC now known as Shooting Stars and ACB back in the days told his son to focus on building his international career with Germany.

” I spoke with his father Ojokojo who was my teammate at JIB Rocks and he told me he is scared of his son coming to the camp at that age because of the juju scare in the camp of the team, considering he is very young he might struggle to cope mentally. I think he is grown now and that shouldn’t be an issue”, he said .