Witchcraft beliefs are stumbling block for Ghana football team

Ghana coach says witchcraft is reason for team split

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used witchcraft against their own team-mates.

The Serbian made his claim in a leaked report on the Black Stars’ failure at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where they were beaten by eventual winners Zambia in the semi-finals.

“We all need to help in changing some players’ mentality about using ‘black power’ to destroy themselves, and also make sure we instil discipline and respect for each other,” the coach said.

Tip: Fortean Times

Well, Coach, looks like you have a lot to overcome. Superstitious ideas that seem so incredibly backwards to modern Western eyes, are still very prevalent in South Africa.

So many sports participants are superstitious but this goes to extreme. Here is a case where the cultural beliefs are getting in the way of team unity and doing their jobs as players. In many ways, even in the modern world, personal spiritual ideas about how the world works can cause conflict with others who don’t believe.