By MADUABUCHI KALU
Tragedy was on Friday, averted at the venue of dambe (The Hockey Pitch of the National Stadium) event at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival (NSF), when Yusuf Mohammed, otherwise called Dogo Awuta, after winning his battle against his opponent from Kebbi State, Habu Shagom Hago, slumped and became unconscious, causing the medics at the venue to rush to his assistance.
Mohammed remained unconscious for more than 20 minutes before he sprang up like a young hare to the admiration of everyone who had hitherto gathered to show sympathy for his cause. The competition was between Mohammed, who Sunday Sunsports gathered was the defending champion in the 85kg fight, in which he defeated the same Hago in Port Harcourt last year. Mohammed is representing Plateau. Although he won, his opponent gave him a good fight.
When Sunday Sunsports met with Mohammed to ascertain what went wrong after his victory fight, he spoke thus through an interpreter, Mr. Tenimu Wudenka, who happened to be the secretary of Plateau State Dambe Association: “This is exactly what happened to me last year when I fought this same person (Hago). “There was no difference. I believe that he used juju (charm) on me. He hit me with it, but I beat him in the fight.
The juju started to work on me after I was declared the winner and it lasted in my system for the period its efficacy remained. “I thank God that despite his charm, I was able to beat him like I did last year in Port Harcourt. I will not relent in bringing honour to Plateau State like I did a year ago,” Mohammed said. Corroborating his claim that Hago used charm on him, Mr Wudenka informed Sunday Sunsports that what Mohammed passed through was exactly the same experience he had last year in Port Harcourt after beating the same opponent.
He further stated that dambe fighters are known for their penchant in using deadly charms against their opponents, a development he said was not good for the traditional sport.