A man emits smoke from burnt herbs on to the players . The belief in witches is a common vice among most football clubs in Africa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] A man emits smoke from burnt herbs on to the players . The belief in witches is a common vice among most football clubs in Africa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

On the African continent, witchcraft and superstitious beliefs authoritatively rule and command a lion’s share of many people’s lives.

Often times, many people are religiously attached to the vices as they form a core element of their normal life routine.

As you assimilate the aforementioned, two members of the Masavu Football Club technical staff have resigned over alleged witchcraft claims.

The affected persons are goalkeeping coach Yusuf Ssenyonjo and the team manager Edward Jjingo.

The duo resigned their respective duties after they had been accused bewitching.

“We have resigned because we cannot tolerate such unhealthy conditions where people accuse you wrongly,” Jjingo told Kawowo Sports.

Edward Jjingo resigned as Masavu team manager Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Jjingo was also the team manager during the club’s days in the second tier division, FUFA Big League before it was promoted, and when Masavu changed ownership from Tonny Ssozi to Anthony Kimuli, he was among the old guards maintained.

Others were Ssenyonjo, the goalkeeping coach, kits manager and the CEO Allan Ggayi who was called in to replace the resigned Muzafaru Ssebagala.

“I decided to resign because there was a rift between me and the head coach Joseph Mutyaba,” Ssenyonjo disclosed.

[/media-credit] Former Masavu goalkeeping coach Yusuf Ssenyonjo on duty with a goalkeeper in warm up Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Masavu has put together a string of poor results in the club’s opening 7 matches in the top flight  and are yet to register a home win having lost to Police (boardroom decision), Vipers, Kirinya Jinja S.S and recently Maroons.

However, they have managed a win away from home against Proline at Lugogo and a draw at Bombo against UPDF with the only away loss coming against Soana at Kavumba Recreational stadium.

Conspiracy theorists inside the club pin point to witchcraft for their poor run at Bugonga.

However, the current club Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ggayi downplays the witchcraft talk as cheap and non-developmental for the club.

“Those are mere rumours and cheap talk. We are training well in preparation for the next matches ahead of us,” Ggayi states.

Allan Ggayi, is the Masavu Football Club CEO Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Former Uganda Cranes and Uganda Airlines goalkeeper Kayizzi is tipped to replace Ssenyonjo whilst the team manager’s slot remains vacant.

Masavu will play champions KCCA at Lugogo on Saturday in their next match.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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