Soccer Player Starts Deadly Riot With Witchcraft

Here in the U.S.A., athletes and coaches will do just about anything they can to win.  Whether they do something like take steroids to gain an advantage, or are just superstitious and think eating the same meal everyday for 6 months will help them get ahead, it’s always about doing whatever it takes to win.  As far as I know, though, there isn’t anybody in this country who has resorted to witchcraft yet.

No, apparently they’re only doing that in Africa, in Congo, and yesterday it cost eleven people their lives.

From ESPN:

Nyuki club was losing to local rivals Socozaki on Sunday when Nyuki’s goalkeeper advanced up the field and tried to use “fetishist” spells to turn the tide of the match, Okapi said, without giving more details.

When a police commander tried to break up an ensuing brawl between rival players, members of the crowd pelted him with rocks, the radio added.

Police fired teargas in response, causing a stampede to the exits in which 11 people were killed and several injured, Okapi said.

I couldn’t make this crap up if I tried.  I’m not sure what a “fetishist” spell is, and I’m not sure I want to know.  This is also the first time I’ve ever heard of witchcraft being used in a sporting match that didn’t take place in a Harry Potter movie.  Maybe the New York Mets should give it a try to hold off the Philadelphia Phillies.

Just throw some grass from Citizens Bank into a pot with a baseball, a Phillies hat, and some hair from the Phillie Phanatic, mix it all up, do a couple chants, and they next thing you know Ryan Howard will turn into a chicken. It’s a foolproof plan.

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