A former Ligue 1 footballer has claimed his mother was killed in a “spiritual sacrifice” in order to further his football career.
Shiva N’Zigou was a striker who played for both Nantes and Reims in the French top flight between 2001 and 2010.
And in an amazing confessional given at a church his homeland, the former Gabon international also claims he lied about his age and had sexual relations with his aunt and his sister.
According to N’Zigou, his father murdered his mother in a ritual killing so that his son could keep all the money he earned from football to himself.
N’Zigou also says his parents doctored his passport at the beginning of his career to make him five years younger. Until now it was believed he was 34, but it seems he is really closer to 39.
In the year 2000, N’Zigou became the youngest player to score at the African Cup of Nations when he netted for Gabon in a 3-1 defeat to South Africa at the age of 16 years and 93 days. However, this recent revelation means he would actually have been 21 at the time.
Ex Gabon Striker, Shiva N'Zigou, who holds the records for the Youngest Player To Play & Score in AFCON at "16 years, 93 days" for Gabon against South Africa in their 3-1 loss in 2000, has admitted that he lied about his age, revealing that he was actually born in 1978 NOT 1983. pic.twitter.com/QJ7hF9hKN0
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) August 17, 2018
In the video above, N’Zigou then goes on to reveal some shocking details about his personal life.
“I had [sexual] relations with my aunt,” he says.
“These relations happened again with my sister. I slept with my sister.
“I slept with a man. And I had another long-term relationship also with a man.”
This isn’t the first time a footballer has been linked with the extremely murky world of ritual killings.
In 2014, former Rennes and Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan was forced to deny rumours he had been involved in the sacrificial murder of his friend, Ghanaian rapper Castro.
It has been long in coming but better late than never. I hope this helps: http://t.co/klvE7vAB8E
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) September 24, 2014
A statement released by the Gyan family attacked the media in Ghana for “wild allegations and rumours … ranging from the absurd – of the imputation of criminality to [Gyan] in the sense that he either murdered Castro or had him kidnapped – and ending with the ludicrous – that he sacrificed him spiritually to enhance his career.”