Richard Kingson and wife Adelaide
With Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Kingson on the verge of sealing his return to action after a three-year absence, we recall what Nigerian pastor TB Joshua said caused the exile of the fine goaltender from the game.
Richard Kingson went to the pastor for healing claiming his absence from the game had a spiritual angle.
Adelaide Tawiah, who he married three years ago, claimed in TB Joshua?s church that she was responsible for his loss of form ? and, to rub salt in the wounds, said she had even made the Ghana goalkeeper impotent.
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She later claimed to be under a spell when making those comments and Kingson then posted a comment on his Facebook page which simply read: ?My wife is not a witch.?
The 34-year-old played for Great Olympics, Galatasaray, Sakaryaspor, Goztepe, Antalyaspor, Elaz?gspor, Ankaraspor and Hammarby before his spell in England and he is on the verge of signing for Cypriot club Doxa.
Spirits and football have often made uncomfortable bedfellows.
Uri Geller tried to help Exeter win a relegation six-pointer in 1997 by placing ?energy-infused? crystals behind the goals.
The Devon-based team lost 5?1, got relegated to the Football Conference and Geller severed all formal ties with the club.
At the 2002 Africa Cup, Cameroon coach Thomas Nkono was arrested after being spotted burying bones under the turf before a match in order to cast a spell on the playing field.
It has been an eventful few days for Kingson, who has also claimed that he turned down a tempting ?190,000 bribe to throw Ghana?s 2006 World Cup group game against Czech Republic ? although it is unclear who was controlling him at the time.