The African Football Confederation has announced that they are probing Zimbabwe’s claims that Cameroon, staging the 2021 African Nations Championship (CHAN), practiced ‘witchcraft’ after a dead bat was discovered at the middle of the pitch with a written warning.
According to Zimbabwe’s national team coach, Zdravko Logarusic, before Saturday’s tournament opener – a 1- 0 victory for the Indomitable Lions over Zimbabwe, he had seen a carcass of a bat on the centre-circle, with a note being written on it.
Standing over the carcass of the bat, the photograph of Logarusic soon spread on social media, with the Zimbabwe soccer federation accusing Cameroon of performing black magic.
The CAF, which regulates African football, now states that if proof of corruption is found, Cameroon will be punis
Witchcraft problems are not the Caf’s prerogative,” a Caf official told Goal.”
Cameroon won the match 1- 0.
This is not the first time that Cameroon has been accused of using dark magic to impact its competitive place.
Cameroon coach Winfried Schafer and goalkeeping coach (and national team legend) Thomas Nkono were arrested by riot police in the Afcon 2002 semifinal between Mali and the Indomitable Lions after reportedly throwing a charm on the pitch ahead of the fixture.
The 2000 edition of the Nations Cup also saw a related event between the Nigerian Football Association and Cameroon.