Kwara United players sprinkled with blood before Confederation Cup fixture vs AS Douanes

The Nigerien top-flight side bowed 3-0 to the Nigeria Professional Football League side in their first round, first leg fixture in Lagos last week. In their bid to secure qualification to the next round, fans of the club adopted a fetish practice by sprinkling blood on players of the Ilorin-based outfit before Sunday’s second leg.

Kwara United gave an account of how things transpired at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on Twitter: “AS Douanes hired herbalists and poured blood on the Kwara United FC players as they were about to enter the field. The two herbalists, one with a keg of blood and the other with a goat performed the act when the players were coming down from the bus. No single policeman.”

Despite the juju, AS Douanes failed to qualify for the second round as they crashed out 3-0 on aggregate after the game in Niamey ended 0-0. The hosts dominated the game for long periods, nevertheless, they would rue missed scoring opportunities.

The NPFL side will face Moroccan outfit RS Berkane in the second round of the Caf Confederation Cup. Kwara United will host the first leg on October 9 with the reverse fixture scheduled for Stade Municipal de Berkane a week later.