Africa is known for black magic, not just in football but in every aspect of life. Yes its part of our daily activities. Am not saying that the rest of the world is without their own type of mysticism; could be because its not done publicly as in Africa.
Oftenly you would hear a goal keeper say that when the ball was coming, it suddenly disappeared and he saw spears, an active player would start a match and after 5 minutes will have a cramp that can't permit him to play again, then a players leg will begin to swell out of presumably nothing or someone will play a local match and will lose to a leg to only God knows what, may be during a match a ready player is absent and can't explain why, falling oftenly in the field is the simplest of all. It all sounds funny, doesn't it? But i have heard all of these. They all look like excuses for failure to some, but to others there is more.
Then there is this other aspect of fortification. A night before a match, the players and their coaches go to the grave yard and spend the night there so as to fortify themselves. Yes this is very real. Some teams have a reputation for this. Have in mind that this baberious acts are put up during very local competitions, oftenly yearly tribal tournaments, interquater games and some professional teams.
A football fan based in South West Region and Littoral Region should have an idea of every form of mysterious practices during a football tournament.
Since officially players are not allowed in the field with items considered harmful, they go for the invisible black magic such as some bloody stuff to drink, some powder put into their bodies through blade blood cut and others through sacrifices of what we cant imagine. And then this question cames in. Why would a talented player want to seek black magic protection. An anonymous player told team TSHOF that among themselves as players, there is alot of jealousy. So some players go visit witch doctors to kill others' game, so that they can excel. Here using Black magic is preparing for the unforseen. Another school of thought holds that even among family members people aspire to frustrate or kill others. To others visiting a witch doctor for black magic is just a hobby or family routine check up prescribed by the ancestors and to others they just do it because others are doing it.
Then it occured to me that i had a friend whom any time he had an opportunity to go for a test match, he would be injured two weeks before then during training, i watched it happen thrice, talk less of the times i didnt know about.
Another school holds that the deaths that ocur in some teams are mysterous. For example the death of two players in Dynamo of Douala within three weeks in August 2015. 26 years old striker Loepold Angong Oben who died during a match and 27years old Ferdinand Mbog, goal keeper of same team who died of an unspecified illness. Why wouldnt players be scared? But is Black Magic the way out? A football fan said may be God is too slow to react.
Is this African Legacy of Black Magic worth it?