The role Nigerian popular televangelist and founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations [SCOAN], Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, played in Ghana’s triumph at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup has been revealed.
Gladson Awako, who was part of the team that defeated Brazil via penalties at the final in Egypt to win Gold, said the ‘man of God’ prayed for the team before each game at the tournament and arranged the order of Ghana’s penalty takers in the final.
Ghana became the first African team to win the FIFA U-20 world cup when they beat Brazil 4-3 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after extra time.
Ghana finished the game with 10 men after Daniel Ado saw a red card in the 37th minute.
Eleven years after the victory, Awako, now 31, says TB Joshua predicted that Ghana would have a man sent off.
“During the U-20 World Cup in Egypt 2009, we normally gathered around the centre to pray. The coach usually made us speak to a man on phone. He will put the phone on loudspeaker so we could all hear and then pray and do what he said,” Awako revealed in an Instagram live chat with YAC Media.
“Most of the things he said came to pass, especially the final. He predicted that we will get an early red card and also told us how we will arrange the penalty takers.
“All that came to pass. Honestly, I didn’t know who it was until we won the cup and they told us the man was TB Joshua.”