Senegal Planted JuJu Against Super Eagles Before AFCON 2000 Clash, But I Removed It – Laloko

A former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Director, Kashimawo Laloko opens up on how he removed a JuJu planted by Senegal ahead of a Super Eagles clash at the 2000 AFCON tournament in Nigeria reports.

Kashimawo was sent off before a Super Eagles Vs Teranga Lions of Senegal clash the 2000 AFCON tournament co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.

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According to Kashimawo, Senegal had planted a JuJu near its goal before kick-off of the quarterfinal fixture against Nigeria. And that JuJu was planted to stop Nigeria from scoring at least a goal in the fixture.

Super Eagles legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha.
Jay Jay Okocha in action for Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Kashimawo in a throwback interview that surfaced online today, said he believed that JuJu exists and can influence outcome of a football match.

Laloko talks about Senegal Vs Super Eagles AFCON 2000 fixture

“I believe that it (juju in football) does exist. As an African, we have our customs and traditions,” Laloko told British journalist Osasu Obayiuwana who posted it on his X handle.

Further in his explanation, the Senegalese team had performed some rituals on the pitch before the Nigeria game. So, he has to remove whatever thing(JuJu) he’d come across on the pitch.

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Super Eagles team at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos.

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“I had to pick whatever I found there and I left… Before the match [the Senegalese] came onto the pitch and started performing some rituals. An executive member of CAF then asked me if I was going to allow what was happening… If I had not done what I did and we had lost, journalists would have written all sorts of nonsense,” Laloko said.

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