President’s Cup: Sarfo Gyamfi reveals how “juju” influenced him to refuse former President Rawlings’ handshake

Published on: 04 August 2023

Asante Kotoko legend Sarfo Gyamfi has opened up about an incident during the President's Cup match in 1990 when he refused to shake hands with former President Jerry John Rawlings.

The former Ghana international disclosed that his action was a response to alleged plotting by Rawlings to ensure Kotoko's defeat in the match against rivals Hearts of Oak.

Sarfo Gyamfi recounted the circumstances leading up to the game and the unusual encounter with a young boy who made shocking predictions about the match's outcome.

According to Gyamfi, the young boy approached the Kotoko team during their warm-up and confidently stated that Hearts of Oak would triumph with four goals.

However, he claimed to be a fervent supporter of Kotoko despite his father working for the rival club.

“While we were warming up, this young boy came to your base and said Hearts will beat us by four goals and that he is an ardent supporter of Kotoko but his dad works for Hearts of Oak,” he told Dan Kwaku Yeboah TV.

“Hearts will come with four blue and white balls prior to the game and we must ensure all four balls are deflated and also make sure one of our players refuses to shake hands with Rawlings because he had the flag of Hearts of Oak around his wrist which will help Hearts to beat us.

“We the players agreed and I volunteered to be the one not to shake hands with Rawlings. I ordered four pins which I will use to deflate the ball. We planned and it was well executed but after the FA found out and I was summoned before the Disciplinary Committee and banned for eight games”, he added.