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Monday 18 February 2019

Shaman warns South Africa to cough up or be damned

South African football's recent poor luck may be down to the anger of a local shaman.

After missing out on a place in the African Cup of Nations by miscalculating the results required to qualify, the South African FA has been embroiled in more controversy this week after a local shaman claimed he was owed 90,000 Rand (about €8,000) for providing the 'magic' behind their success over France in last year's World Cup.

S'bonelo Madela said the Bafana Bafana would not win any more matches until he got his money and hinted he may have had a hand in the team's failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

"If the national soccer team want to start winning, the SA FA bosses must settle their debt with me first," said Madela.

South Africa missed out on qualifying after wrongly believing that a draw in their final game was enough to book their place, before losing out to Niger due to their head-to-head record.

However, the SA FA vice- president Mwelo Nonkonyane has hit back at the claims.

"We do not deal with sangomas and we do not have a contract with this man," he said "This man is a criminal. This is extortion."

Irish Independent

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