HWANGE Football Club may finish this season among the top-five teams in the Premier Soccer League if they stop using juju, a popular Hwange evangelist has said.
Speaking in Hwange during a praise and worship service last Sunday, pastor Emmanuel Hove of the World of Winners Assembly said the onus was on the team’s technical bench not to be swayed by supporters in the habit of engaging traditional healers as part of efforts to “assist” the coaching department for better results.
Chipangano, as the team is affectionately known in soccer circles, is the only football club in Matabeleland North playing in the country’s elite league and has in the past two seasons been surviving relegation by a whisker amid calls for the coaching department and the players to put their act together.
“The team supporters must do away with juju and the same applies to the coaches whom I humbly beg must put all their faith in God as everything is possible with the Almighty.
The Lord revealed to me the team may finish the season among the top-five if they do away with juju,” Hove said amid a thunderous applause from the congregation that also included the team’s secretary, Burzil Dube.
He added the team had all the attributes of causing major upsets in the PSL through divine intervention which needed to be implemented by all stakeholders within the Hwange community.
However, it remains to be seen if Hove’s prophecy would come to pass in a community which has in the past been accused by rival visiting teams of using juju to enhance their chances on the field of play.
Contacted for comment, Dube said he will convey the message to the parties involved.