World of the Bizarre
Football match marred by witchcraft allegations
By T.K. Randall
January 21, 2021 · 4 comments
The bat was deemed to be a form of supernatural intimidation. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Oasalehm
A dead bat generated controversy ahead of a recent football match between Cameroon and Zimbabwe.
The problem started just prior to the African Nations Championship opener between the two nations last week when Zimbabwe head coach Zdravko Logarusic accused the opposing team of witchcraft due to the discovery of a dead bat on the halway line before the game had even begun.
A photograph of him pointing out the offending animal quickly appeared on social media, with Logarusic maintaining that such intimidation tactics had no place in the sport.
As it happened, Cameroon went on to win the match 1-0.
Whether the bat had anything to do with it or not however remains a matter of debate.
This wasn't the only controversy to befall the championship either - just a few days later, a Zambian Super League coach was suspended after he was caught urinating on the opposing goalposts.
He was accused of acting "in a manner that is not consistent with the values and integrity of football."
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