South Africa Soothsayer predicts win for Cameroon over Ghana

Eighty-five-year-old Nozo Zintoyinto from the Xhosa ethnic who makes a living predicting the outcome of matches says Cameroon will beat Ghana to progress to the finals of the ongoing AFCON in Gabon.

Zintoyinto’s gives prediction based on words from his ancestors and she is relied on by people who are into football betting.

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She prophesied Egypt were going to make the final at the expense of Burkina Faso and she also predicted the outcome of the Ghana semi-finals game against Cameroon.

“I don’t know much about soccer. But since this AFCON thing started, lots of men have been coming to me. They ask me to predict the results of games. Then they go to the betting places to put bets on the teams I think will be the winners, she told VOA News.

“The shells told me before the AFCON competition that Ivory Coast and Senegal would not do well. I told this to one of my clients who then put one hundred rand (about $7.00) each on Ivory Coast and Senegal being knocked out. That is what happened so the man, he won a lot of money.”

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But, Zintoyinto quickly adds, neither she, nor the spirits, are infallible. She says some ancestors are “mischievous,” and some make mistakes…. So whatever prophecy she delivers should only be used as a “guide.”

“You must remember, the shells are always correct. They are the connection with my ancestral spirits. But sometimes I must admit I don’t interpret the shells 100 percent right. Because when I’m busy with the shells, the ancestors are making a lot of noise in my mind,” Zintoyinto says.

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Zintoyinto shakes a handful of seashells and throws them on an orange blanket on the floor. She says her ancestors help her interpret events based on how the shells land.

Zintoyinto explains that a deceased ancestor appeared to her in a dream when she was a teenager and “called” on her to be a sangoma. Then a senior traditional healer trained her to interpret “signs from the spirits,” to heal people and also to forecast the future.

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