FORMER Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is publicly denying he murdered a rapper in a ritual sacrifice.
The 28-year-old is holding a press conference after allegations he killed his late friend Theophilus Tagoe, also known as Castro.
Rumours about the sacrifice spread after Castro and his girlfriend, Janet Badu, were reported to have drowned in a jet ski accident while they were on holiday with Gyan at his resort in Ada, southern Ghana.
The authorities have so far failed to find their bodies, leading to allegations in Ghana that Castro’s corpse was used for a black magic ritual, most probably for financial gain.
An official statement on the footballer’s website said: “The Gyan Family will hold a press conference on Wednesday [to] address recent issues of public interest including the disappearance of musical icon Theophilus Tagoe.
“The opportunity will also be used to officially respond to some allegations and untruths bundled about in the media over the role of Asamoah Gyan in the duo’s disappearance.”
During the conference, Gyan will also address a court case instigated by a reporter from the Daily Graphic newspaper, who was reportedly beaten by Gyan’s brother after he had asked some questions about the Castro rumours.
“There will also be an opportunity for the press to ask related questions in a Q&A session during the press meeting,” the statement continued.
“All media houses are therefore invited to attend this press conference.”