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Rwandan football body convenes meeting to discuss ‘Juju’

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) executive committee will meet with all first division club presidents to discuss the problem of witchcraft (juju) in the country’s football.

The meeting, which is set to take place at the federation headquarters, will also consider the possibility of enacting a law to curb the increasing cases of witchcraft during league games.

The development follows last Friday’s incident during the league match between Mukura Victory Sports and Rayon Sport at Huye stadium that saw players on both sides clash over alleged use of witchcraft by Mukura VS.

Rwandan football has been awash with reports of witchcraft use right from the top to lower division clubs. Currently, FERWAFA has no standing law to deal with such cases.

Speaking to Times Sport in an exclusive interview, FERWAFA vice president Vedasite Kayiranga revealed that following the Mukura incident, the local football governing body has decided to call for an extraordinary meeting with all first division clubs to discuss the issue of witchcraft in football.


“In FERWAFA statutes we don’t have any law punishing the use of witchcraft because there is nowhere in the world where it has been proven that it can influence the outcome of a game. However, with the violence between players because of allegations that one team is using it, we have decided to enact laws,” said Kayiranga.

Kayiranga admits that the use of these supernatural powers is a great threat to football development.

During this year’s Africa Nations Championship (Chan) finals held in Kigali, a DR Congo fan was detained for allegedly using witchcraft during the semi-finals in which Florent Ibenge’s team defeated Guinea in the penalty shootouts.

Meanwhile, local coaches have also come out to condemn the use of witchcraft, with APR FC’s Jimmy Mulisa calling for punitive measures against teams or players found guilty.

“It is sad that we still have such beliefs in our football, it does not only give a bad image to the country but kills football development. I think FERWAFA should take serious measures against such behavior,” said the former APR and Amavubi forward.

His counterpart of Police FC, Innocent Seninga, said that; “Personally, I don’t believe in it, and I had to cut short my playing career because many teams I played for believed in witchcraft which I didn’t.”