Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Punish stadia managers who condone witchcraft

From ThisDay, Dar es Salaam
By Willie Chiwango

UGLY incidents that occurred at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Sunday, January 31, this year ought to be condemned by all sane people because it brought our soccer into disrepute.

On that day, relegation haunted Toto African of Mwanza hosted Simba in a Vodacom Premier League match at the CCM-owned venue under very shameful circumstances. The media reported that unidentified guys sprayed a dressing room reserved for the hosts with blood, so Simba declined to use it.

An eye witness also said he saw some people bury a chicken alive into the pitch in broad daylight a day before the game, which front-runners Simba won 2-0 to stretch their unbeaten run in the elite league. In short, juju was practiced that day.

While we await reports of the match commissar and referee to reveal the truth and the Tanzania Football Federation's (TFF) ruling on the matter, let us ask ourselves: Why in this era of science and technology do we still have in our midst people who believe in witchcraft?

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