Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says claims that he killed his friend and Ghanaian rapper Castro as part of a ritual sacrifice are “wild and absurd”.
Afrobeats artist Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu, in July.
They disappeared while using jet skis on holiday with former Sunderland striker Gyan’s family in the Ghanaian coastal town of Ada.
Allegations in Ghana’s media suggested the disappearance was suspicious.
Castro and Bandu were last seen heading towards the ocean on a jet ski and were presumed drowned
No bodies were recovered and rumours continued to circulate this month when Gyan’s brother, Baffour Gyan, was alleged to have been part of a gang which attacked a journalist who had asked the player about the rumours. The assault charges on Baffour Gyan have now been dropped.
The speculation prompted 28-year-old Gyan, who joined United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain in 2011, to hold a press conference.
His lawyer Kissi Agyabeng said the family had been “dismayed” and had remained silent until now as they did not want to interfere with police investigations.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has broken his silence to defend himself and family against “wild and ludicrous” media reports that he was involved in an alleged ritual killing of a disappeared rapper friend
The striker used his Twitter account to post a link to a statement issued through a lawyer to set the record straight after the disappearance in July of the rapper Castro and girlfriend Janet Bandu. The pair was on holiday with Gyan in the Ghanaian coastal town of Ada when they disappeared while using a jet ski, which was recovered without any trace of their bodies.
“Sadly, the expression of empathy during a person’s moment of grief and utter dismay does not sell in the media,” the statement said.
“What sells in the media, and what indeed sold and is still selling in the media in Ghana are wild allegations and rumours directed especially at Asamoah Gyan ranging from the absurd . . . and ending with the ludicrous — that he sacrificed him spiritually to enhance his career.”
The statement said Gyan, who plays for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates after a stint at Premier League Sunderland, and family had previously kept their silence while police investigations were continuing. “In our painful silence, we have been totally dismayed by the fact that the platform was provided for the peddling of these wild and ludicrous allegations and rumours against us,” it added. “Those to whom the platform was provided offered no evidence whatsoever to back their statements.
“And indeed, the allegation of spiritual sacrifice can by no stretch of the imagination be propped up.