Ghana Fires The (In)Famous Horse Placenta Healer Made Famous By Robin Van Persie

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

The Serbian “doctor” best known for giving Robin Van Persie a horse placenta treatment in 2009 that sparked a fad among players, has lost her job as part of the Ghana national team’s staff. Mariana Kovacevic, who joined the Ghana medical team under former Ghana head coach Milovan Rajevac, a Serb himself, is credited for aiding the recovery of several Ghana players during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This is truly a sad day for quackery.

It was based on her excellent works in South Africa – notably for getting influential Kevin-Prince Boateng fit for matches after suffering several knocks – that she was again contracted for the Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Kovacevic remarkably got Asamoah Gyan fit for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after a four-hour session when the Al Ain striker was originally ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury.

She has also been credited for the accelerated recovery of Yossi Benayoun, Nigel De Jong, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Robin Van Persie in the past.

The Black Stars’ medical team led by Dr. Adam Baba have however decided the Serb’s services will not be required for the 2013 AFCON which kicks off on January 19.

Good for the Ghana national team medical staff for taking a stand. You can’t blame players for doing anything they think might help them heal faster, but come on. Horse placenta? So gross.

Source: Peace FM

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