A video has surfaced on social media showing Manchester United rising star Adilson Angel Abreu de Almeida Gomes, popularly known as Angel Gomes receiving ‘healing’ from a controversial prophet in Nigeria.
The video, which was reportedly recorded four years ago when Gomes was only 16 years old, shows the Man United attacker paying a visit to T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos.
Gomes is seen in the viral video making a testimony in front of a large congregation, explaining the injury problems he’s had to encounter, which included injuries to his groin, ankle and hip.
“My name is Angel Gomes, I’m from Manchester. I’m sixteen. I play for Manchester United Football Club. And I’ve been struggling really with injuries,” Gomes says, in the clip seen on from the church’s Emmanuel TV channel.
“I’ve been having injuries around my hip and groin which have been affecting me playing. I also suffered an ankle injury not long ago which kept me out for a long time.
These injuries would come at hard times for me, times when I was having a breakthrough or times when I had to go to a tournament or playing games, these injuries would happen quite frequently. I play for Man United, I also represent the England national team under-17 level as captain. I’ve known about the Synagogue Church of Nations for a long time. As my family follow the prophet, my parents are big fans. So we though it would be a good time for me to come and be touched by the prophet,’ the Man United star continues to explain in the video.
T.B. Joshua then performs a healing ritual on Gomes, even placing his foot on the teenager’s.
Following the emergence of the video online, Gomes has moved to Twitter to respond, saying he was practicing his faith at the time.
Gomes’ response on Twitter
“Regarding the video that has come out from 2016. I am from a Christian family. At the time my mum was a fan of the pastor, and she really wanted me to go. I was going through some issues. From the outside looking in it looks crazy, but I was just practising my faith. I didn’t really need to explain myself but a lot of people was asking me what the video was about. I was young at the time and if my parents thought something was best for me I would do it. There are far more important issues out there in the world we can tackle,” Gomes posted.