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You will have to dig deep into different sports archives to find out which official or athlete has been banned, punished or fined for practicing witchcraft.

It’s actually two years ago when Uganda Premier League side, BUL F.C reportedly sacked skipper and the club’s record goal scorer, Patrick ‘Crespo’ Asiku, vice-captain, Herbert Kakande and Asuman Bajampola over witchcraft.

Federation of Rwanda Football Associations (FERWAFA) on Christmas eve announced that they will be severely punishing, players, coaches and club officials who indulge in witchcraft.

This is after the December 16, 2017 league game between Mukura Victory Sports and Rayon Sports at Huye had players on both sides clash over alleged use of witchcraft by the former’s goalkeeper, Andre Mpazimpaka.

FERWAFA vice president Vedaste Kayiranga highlighted that the perception of believing in witchcraft is a big threat not only to football development but also to the image of the country.

Since there is no scientific way to prove the use of witchcraft, these measures will base upon reports from match officials and anything that is deemed to incite witchcraft will be put under consideration.

A coach found guilty of using witchcraft in the Rwandan Premier League will be banned from the touchline for four matches but also fined Rwf200, 000 (about Shs 0.87m Ush)

A player found guilty of using witchcraft will receive a three-match suspension on top of a fine of Rwf100,000 (about Shs0.47m Ush) and for the team found guilty of engaging in witchcraft, it will lose three points and pay a fine of Rwf500,000 (Shs2.9m Ush).

The new measures were announced early this week during the meeting attended by FERWAFA executive committee and all first division club presidents.

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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