As a means to dispel some bad spirits and help their team win a soccer match, 16 members of the second division Midland Portland Cement team in Zimbabwe went swimming in the Zambezi river while in the resort city of Victoria Falls. Nothing too extraordinary there, a nice show of team unity if anything. Unfortunately, only 15 members of the team came out of the water. Local police commander Peter Rodzi said afterwards that “The area where the team was swimming is prohibited as the current is strong. The river is also infested with crocodiles and hippos.” The missing player has yet to be found.
The swim was recommended to the players by the team’s technical committee in order to be cleansed of bad spirits. Believing in spirits and their power is a common held religious belief in Zimbabwe and much of Africa.