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Walters Talks Muti Ahead Of Baroka Clash

Cape Town City will take on Absa Premiership new boys Baroka FC at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening, and their goalkeeper Shuaib Walters has opened up about muti. Do you think clubs still use it today?

Bakgaga hail from a town just outside of Polokwane in the Limpopo province, and many have wondered whether or not they are superstitious when it comes to using muti.

Walters says that he has encountered muti over the course of his career, but doesn't really expect it to be used in tomorrow evening's encounter.

"It is a bit of a tricky question," he revealed to Fan Park editor Rossella Marrai-Ricco.

"At the end of the day, you always have to know your own faith. I have always told people that I don't believe in muti, but I do believe it is around and it plays around in a few teams.

"At the end of the day, we have been given a God-given talent and we have to make use of it. I think it is all in our control, and I don't think there is any outside control besides the referees and the linesmen.

"Besides that, we can basically control the match as a team. If they (are using muti), I am not too aware if they are or if they don't use it. But, yes, I have experienced it at one or two clubs I have played at.

"Like I said, it is for you as an individual and you have to decide if you want to believe in it or not. If they do use it, I wish Baroka well, and I hope it works for them in the future and not tomorrow night."

Baroka's kit man has previously confirmed to Soccer Laduma that the club are very religious and that they only believed in one higher power. But will Walters still be tempted to check his goalposts before the game?

"No, no! I think it puts a bit of unnecessary pressure on you as a player if you see black marks or whatever around the poles," he added.

"Or if you see their kit man doing some dance. Ha, ha, ha!

"It all just puts some unnecessary pressure on me or my psychological aspect. For me, it is about getting into the zone and keeping the balls out of the net."

City will turn out in an unusual pink strip against the Ga-Mphahlele outfit in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"I think it is good for us as a brand and as a club to show that we still care. It is not only about females. It is male and female who get cancer, breast cancer.

"I read up on it and I see it is quite a scary statistic… It is the biggest cancer amongst the whites and Asian females, and the second biggest cancer amongst the black and coloured females.

"It is important for us to show our appreciation and our support to females out there. It is for us to make other people are aware," the 34-year-old concluded.

Do you think muti is still used in the modern game?


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