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With the biggest match in African football history looming, Ghana have been hit by an injury crisis ahead of their quarter-final clash with Uruguay on Friday.

The Black Stars are sweating on the fitness of Kevin Prince Boateng, Hans Sarpei, Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, Andre Ayew, so much so that Ghanasoccernet are reporting that renowned Serbian healer Marijana Kovacevic has been called in to help cure the players of their respective ailments.

Kovacevic gained notoriety last season after it was revealed that the likes of Robin van Persie and Yossi Benayoun had sought treatment from her, which bizarrely includes rubbing horse placenta on the afflicted area.

The Serb flew into South Africa on Wednesday after the Ghana Football Association held a meeting with its team doctor, Percy Annan, who approved Kovacevic’s arrival and plans to help the players.

In demand but difficult to track down, Kovacevic is thought to only respond to calls and text messages from trusted players. She uses fluids derived from horse placentas and electrolysis to treat the afflicted part of the players who visit her. She is also understood to play up the “alternative” side of her work with, using darkened rooms and lots of candles.

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