Nature Hates Football

11 Sep 2011  No Comments

Nothing is scarier than mother nature as we are all finding out more and more in the past few months. But there have been a few instances of nature when it was targeting football.

Struck By Lightning

In October of 1998 in South Africa, A premier league soccer match in Johannesburg was brought to an abrupt end when lightning struck the ground.

Half the players from both teams – the Jomo Cosmos and the Moroka Swallows – dropped to the turf.

Several writhed on the grass holding their ears and their eyes. Spectators and coaching staff ran onto the pitch to help. Fortunately no-one was killed.

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A similar incident occurred just a couple of days later in Congo were 11 players (all from the same team) died after being struck. The other team was accused of witchcraft. Couldn’t find the video of that incident.

All 11 members of a football team were killed by a bolt of lightning which left the other team unhurt, a Congolese newspaper has reported.

Thirty other people received burns at the match in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kinshasa daily newspaper L’Avenir said local opinion – known to believe in charms and spells – was divided over whether someone had cursed the team.

The two sides were drawing 1-1 in the match in eastern Kasai Province when the lightning struck the visiting team.

"The athletes from [the home team] Basanga curiously came out of this catastrophe unscathed," the paper said.

There was no official confirmation of the report – a rebel war affects much of the east of the country.

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Blown Away

In 2007, Orlando Pirates and Black Leopards, two football teams from South Africa, are hard at play when nature turns violent. Watch as advertising boards wreak havoc on-field.

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