Celebrated for possessing supernatural healing powers in his bag of miracles, charismatic Harare preacher Walter Magaya’s team, Yadah FC has ironically found life unbearable in Zimbabwe’s topflight football with opponents often throwing jibes at the side’s apparent false anointing.
Magaya, a football enthusiast in his own right, owns the premiership outfit that has had a dance with the country’s topflight league since 2017.
When the team joined the domestic game’s elite, coach Jairos Tapera did not hide his hopes Magaya’s anointing will play a part in their campaign.
“We are looking forward to the season, we leave everything to God to help us with the anointing of our prophet Magaya,” Tapera told the media then.
But time has since proven the ambitious side could be running on depleting bottles of anointing oil as it currently occupies one of the relegation spots, sitting on number 16 out of 18 teams with a single victory, five draws and four defeats from to their name.
Among some of the teams that have found delight in poking fun at Yadah FC’s false anointing is their next opponents Caps United who tweeted this week saying no amount of anointing oil will save their neighbours from an impending defeat.
“We are at home again this Sunday and we are up for maximum points. No amount of anointing oil will stop us from collecting our 3 points,” posted Caps.
Similarly, Highlanders trashed Yadah 3-0 last month and followed the victory with its own jibe over Yadah’s false anointing.
“No amount of anointing oil was able to stop Mantengwane from collecting all 3 points,” Highlanders said via its Twitter handle.
Questions however continue arising on whether embattled preacher has called time on his team’s sponsorship or remains the franchise holder.