Thursday, March 1st, 2012
African football often produces crazy scenes and black magic has played its part in the Beautiful Game for many years, but to see it in action is really something.
Gambia faced a massive Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria on Wednesday and there were high expectations as 30,000 fans filled the Independence Stadium in Banjul.
Goalkeeper Musa Camara had clearly consulted some magicians before the game and proceeded to walk across his goal line before kick off with a small white bag.
It is not clear if there was some sort of powder in the bag as Camara walks across his goal line, appearing to sprinkle the “black magic” to prevent any goals against him.
According to the YouTube video, Camara was using a Gri Gri, which is a voodoo amulet to protect the owner and ward off bad luck.
Everything went to plan in the first half. No one could understand why the referee ruled out Adlan Guedioura’s ‘goal’ for Algeria after 18 minutes, while Gambia took the later in the 45.
After the break, where it is unknown whether Camara dropped any black magic on his goal line, it all went south for Gambia. Not only did Algeria score twice to win, but Camara dropped a clanger for the equaliser too.