Tlale: Pirates muti made my life difficult

GK: John Tlale
GK: John Tlale

In this edition of My Muti Story former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, John Tlale explains how much of a role muti played in the club's 2002/03 Premier Soccer League title triumph.

Tlale says as a goalkeeper the type of muti the Buccaneers used made his life on the pitch very difficult.

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"Muti never plays football it's only on your mind," Tlale tells KickOff.

"I know teams that were using muti you know, even at Pirates when I was there we were using muti.

"I'm talking about before, when it was Screamer Tshabalala, we were using muti also at Sundowns.

"After losing that game to Vaal Professionals bra Stan [Screamer] was very upset with the players for failing to follow instructions.

"It was very difficult when I was a goalkeeper at Orlando Pirates because very early in the morning a witch doctor would come and steam us.

"He would then tie a string attached to some hard stuff that was round like a small ball, he would tie it around my waist. 

"And that thing attached to a string it was very big and at some point, I would struggle to dive.

"It made diving uncomfortable. It hurt every time I dived to the side of my waist it was on.

"That muti made my life on the field very difficult. It was very hard that thing. You couldn't tell if it was a stone or iron or what.

"I was struggling each time I had to dive. It's when we won the league in 2003 because I only stayed one year at Orlando Pirates.

"They used to put that muti on me every game. I only played in the last 13 games if I'm not mistaken."

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