In one of the most bizarre if not shocking admissions, Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic blamed the dark forces of muti or juju for their exit in their African Champions League encounter against Horoya of Guinea in Conakry.
Then proud Soweto club, winners of this prestigious Pan-African club competition in 1995, was beaten 2-1 and thus dumped out of the competition but Sredojevic, popularly known across Africa as “Micho” put the blame squarely on the use of juju by their opponents.
“It was disgraceful,” wailed Micho. “They put juju on Thami Gabuza, Luvuyo Memela, Thembinkosi Lorch, Musa Nyatama and this just went to show you the lengths people will go in order to get results which in my view is a shame to African football.
“I’m seriously considering reporting this matter to both the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and to FIFA,” added Micho who supplied a video recording of the Pirates player (Gabuza) pulled by opposition officials and poured with a watery substance in his back.
“I don’t want sound like a cry baby. I have accepted this defeat like a sportsman and I even accepted that we learned important lessons. But this absurd and unsportsmanlike conduct of our Commissioner of the CAF Super Cup final Antonio Souare and his team Horoya are a shame for Africa and our football in general.
“I accept and understand that you want to win but my friend everything has human and sports limits and I was not impressed when every single Horoya player had something that looked like ants in in their socks which they constantly threw at my players which caused unbearable pain.”
The jury is now out whether Pirates were genuinely victims of black magic and unsportsmanlike behavior at the hands of Horoya or were simply punished for their inability to convert the more than dozen opportunities they created.