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Bafana Bafana turns to special assistance

Bafana Bafana needs help. A lot of help. With the team holding just one point through two matches and needing to beat the French infants in their finale Tuesday, South Africa supporters are turning to desperate measures: burning, brewing and smoking muti (traditional medicine).

From the Sowetan newspaper:

Traditionalists believe a mixture of herbs, plants and animal parts, such as vulture brains and aloe, can be used to change luck, heal sickness or enhance performance. Sometimes muti contains human body parts.

"It will make Bafana strong," one citizen said.

South Africa needs to win and make up an enormous goal-difference gap.

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2010; 9:57 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup, muti  
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Funny... I had vulture brains last night.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 21, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

If it will help the US beat Algeria, then many Soccer Insiders will smoke a mixture of herbs (without the plant, animal, and human parts).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 21, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"Les Enfants" -- perfect.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 21, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

270, herb IS a plant...:)

Posted by: DadRyan | June 21, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE let us know if they offer any muti to the international press!

Posted by: BaltoFan | June 21, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

That goal difference looks like a walk in the park compared to what Ivory Coast have to overcome (assuming Brazil beat Portugal)

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | June 21, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Portugal have 5 points - 3 for the win and two for that whopper of a goal difference.

Ivory Coast = not so ivory toast.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 21, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

If France forfeit, what score goes in the books? I'm actually serious about this - I would not be shocked if France either fail to field a team, or fail to finish the match.

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Okay, looked it up myself (thanks to teh googlez). If France forfeit, it goes in the books as a 3-0 win for RSA, unless it's mid-game and they're already up by more than 3 goals:

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I should add that if France forfeit and cause Mexico to go out and South Africa to go through, I may well never stop laughing.

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 21, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Then again, if Muti is helpful, the Dutch should be 5-time cup winners.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 21, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Smoking Muti? What will they think of next?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 21, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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