A Ghanaian witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the injury which could keep Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo out of the World Cup. Portugal have been drawn in Group G, the ‘Group of Death’, where they will face tough tests against Germany, the USA and finally Ghana. Ronaldo has not played since scoring in Real Madrid’s Champions League final win against Atletico Madrid on May 25 and a statement released by the Portugal FA on Wednesday confirmed that he is suffering from tendonitis in his left knee as well as a thigh strain.
The witch doctor, whose name is Nana Kwaku Bonsam which translates as ‘Devil of Wednesday’, predicted Ronaldo would be forced to miss the World Cup through injury in February. In an interview with Kumasi-based radio station Angel FM, he is reported as saying: ‘I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him.
‘I am very serious about it. Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called Kahwiri Kapam.
‘I said it four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo seriously and rule him out of the World up or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana and the best thing I can do is to keep him out though injury.
‘This injury can never be cured by any medic; they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is his thigh, next day it is something else.’
On Tuesday, Ronaldo trained separately from the rest of the Portugal squad along with fellow injury doubts Raul Meireles, Beto and Pepe at their training base in New York. The player also missed the World Cup warm-up game against Greece on Saturday as Portugal were held to a goalless draw. Portugal are due to face Mexico on Saturday and the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday in their final two World Cup warm-up games.
Their World Cup campaign kicks off against Germany on June 16.