Kaizer Chiefs coach was spotted allegedly visiting a Sangoma ahead of their tie with Platinum Stars. Reports originating from Soweto claim that Steve Komphela allegedly visited a well known Sangoma popularly known as Kubu Ingonyama, probably to make rituals for the next match.
It is reported that Komphela was seen in the ghetto, in a neighbourhood where Ingonyama resides.
With two defeats‚ Kaizer Chiefs risk putting themselves under pressure should they not turn things around quickly.
Following on a trophyless 2015-16‚ where a fifth-place league finish was well below accepted standards‚ especially having been champions‚ runners-up and champions in the previous three seasons‚ Chiefs coach Steve Komphela knows the pressure is on.
Disconcertingly‚ a restructured Chiefs squad – that saw 17 clearouts and more than 10 signings – who were supposed to look fresh and revitalized‚ have instead appeared flat.
The Kaizer Chiefs gaffer is under immense pressure to deliver silverware to the team, and to keep his job. Whether Komphela will stay at Amakhosi has been a major topic in the media with other sources claiming that he was given a tough ultimatum.
In 2012, in the opening round of the Nedbank Cup, lower-league team Vardos, based in Tembisa, were accused of attempting to plant their sangoma in the dressing room of the opposition, United FC. The sangoma was apparently caught and prevented from entering the dressing room. Vardos lost 3-1.
Many other weird stories have been related, including one I heard recently about one of the Soweto giants positioning 24-hour security guards at their dressing room at FNB Stadium a fortnight before last month’s derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
It is said that the strict security people, who worked rotating shifts, would not allow even cleaners into the dressing room. Presumably, the belief at this club was that, if their dressing room were to be left unguarded even for a moment, their rivals would send in their sangomas to bewitch them.
There’s also that most laughable of stories involving Bafana Bafana, where it is claimed some KwaZulu-Natal-based sangoma is the main reason why the national side have been on a freefall.
This sangoma, it is alleged, “helped” Bafana win their final World Cup 2010 fixture against France, and he “charged” R100 000 for his “services”. The SA Football Association apparently paid him only R10 000, and he has vowed Bafana won’t win until the balance due to him has been fully paid.
The said sangoma also apparently appeared on television declaring that he has a “sealed plastic bottle” which contains Bafana’s goals. He would open it when paid and goals would flow for Pitso Mosimane’s side. This is the biggest load of nonsense I’ve ever heard.
Doing rituals or using Sangomas to get luck for winning trophies used to be a thing of the past until now when we are reminded that it still works. We will wait and see if it is of an significance.