A Zambian soccer fan Innocent Sinzala has rubbished suspicion that has hit the country that Senegal Under 20 was using juju during the AFCON 2017 tournament that was hosted in Zambia.
Emmanuel Mulenga who is one of some Zambians suspecting the Senagalese of using juju wrote:
“When Zambian players were praying at the beginning, half time and end of the game. Did you see any of the Senegalese player kneel down and pray? Be wise Zambians, those guys worship idos. Juju.,…..”
But Sinzala says he is suprised that some Africans still believe in juju.
“Africa and it’s beliefs… peepe sure. In 2017 Africans are still scared of an object thrown into a soccer net. Can’t believe it. Please whether its a horn, powder, roots or a doll thrown, it can’t affect the probability of of two possible outcomes. The Senegalese player was playing mind games. The player is aware that Africans still live in the dark ages and capitalised on this.”
But Beatrice Mayila has taken a swipe at Sinzala saying, “Stop irritating us with your simple analysis. What psychology are you talking about as if you were on the pitch.”
In the 49th minute of the match between Senegal and Zambia, there was a curious moment when the match officials compelled Senegal forward Ibrahim Niane to remove a ‘strange’ object strapped to his left hand.
And again in the 58th minute, another “juju” incident suspension caused a mass melee between the two sets of players, forcing the referee to momentarily halt proceedings.
The Zambian team however maintained the lead and went on to beat Senegal 2 – 0 to win the AFCON Title.
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