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Cameroon officials have claimed they turned away the palatial Ibom Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resorts, because of the fear of Nigerian witchcraft, ‘juju’.


Instead of staying at the five-star hotel, the West Africans made reservations at the plush Davok Suites, ahead of Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles.

The Lions also flew in only on Thursday and will head to the airport and back to Yaounde immediately after the match on Friday.

“We know Nigerians and your witchcraft but you know Cameroon’s witchcraft is also very strong,” Jean Jacques Mouandjo of Cameroon FA FECAFOOT Communications Department told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“So, we decided to pick our own hotel to avoid Nigerian witchcraft. We’re not afraid, we just wanted to keep our players concentrated fully on the match.

“We also wanted to stay away from where there will be too many Nigerians distracting our players. We don’t want anything to affect our players’ focus because we want to win in Uyo.”

FECAFOOT’s young Community Manager, Valery Gweha, even went a step further to say Nigeria defeated Cameroon with ‘juju’ recently.

“That (Desire) Oparanozie goal against Cameroon in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations was ‘juju’. I’m very sure. That goal was not ordinary,” Gweha, who is handling media accreditation for Monday’s return leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, said.



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