Report: Zimbabwe Cricket team travelled with Prophet to the world cup for rituals. The Madzibaba travelled with the Zimbabwe official delegation allegedly at the behest of the coach Prosper Utseya, so that he could perform some rituals for the team, to drive away bad luck and evil spirits.
In a surprising development, the Zimbabwe U19 national cricket team is reported to have travelled with an apostolic faith healer to the just-ended ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Apostolic faith healers are colloquially referred to as Prophets or Madzibaba in vernacular.
WhatsApp news service Kukurigo reports that the Prophet was disguised as a mental strength coach whose duties were “helping players improve mental and emotional wellbeing”. Utseya is reported to be a devout follower of one of Zimbabwe’s many apostolic sects.
A cricket insider who spoke to the publication on condition of anonymity, however, blasted the move saying that it was bad for team morale. The insider said. He (Utseya) disguised Madzibaba from Highfields suburb as a mental strength coach but his duties were to perform rituals on the team.
…We cannot waste time on magic. Sport is about hard work, not luck. More importantly, some members in the team are not comfortable with these rituals but they play along because they are afraid of the coach.
Unfortunately, for the Zimbabwe Cricket team, despite the presence of Madzibaba, the team did not do well, despite showing glimpses of brilliance. The Zimbabwean team was eliminated at the first Group stage after managing only a solitary win in their last match against Scotland. They lost the first two matches to Bangladesh and Pakistan,
Bangladesh eventually won the tournament after defeating India by three wickets in the final. It was Bangladesh’s first win in an ICC event at any level.
Source – iHarare
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