Bafana Bafana’s World Cup sangoma has been paid the remaining R90 000 which was owed to him by the SA Football Association (Safa), raising hopes for their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign just days before kick-off.
S’bonelo Madela, from Ulundi, claimed in March that the national soccer team would not win a game until the money had been paid. He said he had locked up all the goals in a bottle of muti.
Safa had paid him only R10 000 of the agreed-upon R100 000.
But on Thursday he said: “They have paid my money.”
Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi confirmed that an agreement with Madela had been reached. “If we make a commitment, we know that we should honour that,” Chimhavi said.
Bafana will play Ethiopia in their first 2014 World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Chimhavi said he had spoken to the national coach, Pitso Mosimane, technical staff and several players and that the team was in high spirits. “This game on Sunday we are going to win,” he said.
In 2011, Bafana failed to qualify for this year’s edition of the African Cup of Nations after the technical team misunderstood the rules. Madela hung up when the Daily News contacted him for comment on Thursday night.