Juju, poor stadia a blot on Zim football

HARARE - Substandard football, bumpy pitches and primitive off-field antics have not been portraying the local game in good light at all. Truth be told, it has been a source of great shame and embarrassment to Zimbabwean football.

Events from Sunday when CAPS United players allegedly poured urine on the Buffaloes team dugout at Gwanzura Stadium was just but one of several incidents of clubs openly and unashamedly engaging in bizarre juju practice – spraying funny concoctions onto the pitch – most of it in the full glare of spectators, some of whom adoring young fans who look up to Premiership players as raw models.

It is believed urine weaken the power of the opposition’s own witchcraft. 

Also on Sunday, How Mine striker Xolisani Moyo was arrested after his team’s drawn match with Chapungu at Ascot Stadium for allegedly assaulting a police officer in another juju-related incident.

The policeman, it was reported, was acting on orders by Chapungu officials to prevent How Mine players from entering the field first. Belief in juju does not permit the away team to occupy the field first. So in the ensuing scuffle at Ascot, Moyo is said to have manhandled the cop as How Mine players jostled to get onto the field.  

What a day of shame in Zimbabwean football!

The question then arises: is juju just a waste of time and mere belief in something that doesn’t exist in the modern game of football?

The answer to this question appears to be yes.

Clubs must know that proper structures and proper technical services must be their top priorities, and not their belief in juju. 

The psychological effects of these spiritual beliefs are the poor performances exhibited by the players, who stop putting their best into matches and fight for good results.

The two matches in question, but not only limited to them in particular, produced draws, with CAPS United strikers firing blanks all afternoon.

God helps those who help themselves, goes the old adage.

It is a shame that the issue of juju has eaten so deeply into the fabric of Zimbabwean football that even the club bosses and administrators of the game themselves are investing sums of money and time into it.

Instead of advancing our football through scientific methods of managing the game like other nations are doing, we are spending time debating issues of little relevance to the sport.

The superior, well-trained, and well-prepared team will always win.

History has proved that it is through organisation and hard work that the most successful teams in the world football have done so well, and no amount of witchcraft can ever top those very basic facts of life.

Let us be real. If witchcraft really worked in football and advanced methods of management didn’t, Zimbabwe would have qualified for the African Nations Cup several times over and won the tournament several times. Dynamos would not have failed so dismally in the African Champions League as they have done in the last four years.

All these shenanigans, atrociously, have happened in front of Supersport television cameras beaming the action to millions of DStv subscribers across the continent.

Not a pretty picture.

The juju stuff, the quality of the football on the field and the state of our country’s grounds doesn’t given Supersport the right standpoint to produce a quality product and I am sure it has been cause of great concern for the esteemed broadcaster. 

So instead of wasting time on witchcraft, shouldn’t our club bosses and league chiefs engage Supersport to negotiate a figure, from the revenue generated, to go towards refurbishment of stadia?

Right now, not a single stadium in this country is at a level good enough to even host the Cosafa Cup, bearing in mind what we saw in Zambia year.

And while these glaring shortcomings should be chief priority to any self-respecting football administrator in this country, people are obsessed and preoccupied with juju.

It’s just appalling.

Comments (4)

So should this player be fined or jailed because a police officer wanted to enforce an illegal command? I think this is a question for Charity Charamba to answer. If I assault a police officer who is trying to help a tsotsi get away with loot who is at faulty here?

Maita Manyuka - 23 April 2014

Good question Maita.

NALEDI - 23 April 2014

Good question Maita.

NALEDI - 23 April 2014

The great Razorman once described one football stadium in Mashonaland as a potato field in the late 90s/early 2000s....a few years down the line stadiums such as Gwanzura, Sakubva....to mention a few now resemble hovels....mwena yemagwerekwete chaiyo. Well said reporter paJuju apo....PSL and ZIFA should come down hard on this sad practice as it has the potential of scaring away football fans and sponsors. In terms of entering the field of play, i thought the practice is now that the match officials now lead the respective teams on the pitch? if not then we are still in the pre-historic times....no wonder i last attended a football match in 1996...when i used to see football players and officials scaling security fences and durawalls to enter even the stadiums just to avoid juju. Thot i had seen and heard enough then!!!

Hovels - 23 April 2014

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