Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike has angrily denied media reports he performed a Turkish spiritual cleansing ritual to lift a curse that was placed on him before he could end his goals’ drought.
Emenike, who ended his goal’s drought last weekend by scoring the match winner as Fenerbahce defeated his former club Karabukspor 2-1, told African football website that he never did such a thing as he is a Christian, who does not believe in rituals.
A story last week went viral that the AFCON 2013 top scorer complained that his energy was not as it ought to be because he was cursed in Nigeria not to score goals.
“What did they mean by ritual to lift a curse? I take exception of such reports. I am a Christian, a proud Catholic, I never believed in rituals, I never do it and I was not involved in such as they claim,” Emenike told AfricanFootball.com
“Strikers always have off and on periods when it comes to goal scoring. I have had mine, it is in the past. I have returned to my best and nobody can stop me.
“I don’t believe in juju or whatever name they call it, my rosary is my companion and my parents never taught me to be fetish. My almighty God will do what those people behind such fake claim about me deserve.”
“Since I was born, I have never had such experience and as a matter of fact, I never believe anybody can harm me. I grew up to believe in my name, I found the meaning of my name and I know God is with me, so whoever came up with such news will end up regretting it because I don’t know anything about it.”
He continued: “When I was not scoring goals, I was criticized, now I have started scoring, they came up with rituals wahala.
“I think it’s another way of distraction, I’m not ready for that trash.”
Meanwhile Lokomotiv Moscow president Olga Smorodskaya has denied interest in Emenike.
“We are not interested in Emenike and have not made an offer for him,” Smorodskaya was quoted as saying by Sporx.
Emenike was closely linked with a move back to Russia and to Tottenham during the winter transfer window following comments by his agent Erdem Konyar.
The Nigerian international striker joined Fenerbahçe last summer from Spartak Moscow for €13 million, and scored 12 goals as well as providing 9 assists last season.
Emenike has three goals in all competitions for the Yellow Canaries this season.
The 27-year-old was joint top scorer at the 2013 African Cup of Nations and also had and impressive World Cup and helped Nigeria reach the Round of 16.