Clubs must dump juju beliefs

HARARE - It’s a surprise that in this day and age of sports science, we still have clubs that believe they can use juju to win football matches.

There was drama at Gwanzura Stadium on Sunday when Buffaloes coaching staff and players sat on the ground during the entire second half of the league match against CAPS United.

Buffaloes accused CAPS United players of sprinkling chairs in the dugout with urine during the half time break.

It was a bad indictment for local football as the entire continent saw the shenanigans at Gwanzura since the match was being broadcast live on SuperSport.

As a club, CAPS portray themselves as a symbol of professionalism in local football and the incident at Gwanzura has greatly damaged their reputation.

What makes it worse is the fact that CAPS president Twine Phiri is the chairman of the Premier Soccer League’s board of governors.

The only way to achieve success in life is through hard work and proper planning. Football is no exception.

A club of CAPS’ stature should shed this primitive behaviour and move on with the changing times of professional sports. After all, the CAPS management is fully aware of how that genius of a coach, Charles Mhlauri banned the use of juju at the club and they went on to win back to back league titles.

Football in the country has remained stagnant due to this strong belief in juju while the sport has taken huge strides in other countries.

Just across the border in South Africa, clubs are now using sports science to achieve their targets and have desisted from using juju.

Clubs now need to employ data analysts, dieticians and sports sociologists to work on different aspects that ensure they get the best performance from their players.

Due to this current state of mind by local clubs regarding juju, it will be a long time before a Zimbabwean club makes headway in African inter-club competitions.

The rest of the continent has moved forward and even our brothers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who once travelled with seven sangomas to the 1974 World Cup and failed to score a single goal, have abandoned that practice for a more scientific approaches.

DRC side AS Vita, who knocked Dynamos out of the 2014 African Champions League, travelled to Harare with a number of video analysts to cover their game.

The club went on to reach the group stages of the competition due to the diligent preparation and work ethic they put into their campaign.

This should be an example for all local clubs that juju does not bring success in football but only hard work does.

Comments (1)

Local zim football,is a shame.

believe chizeya - 23 April 2014

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