Benfica are currently in the midst of a raging scandal in Portugal over an alleged cash payment to a witch doctor in a desperate bid to win the Uefa Champions League.
Pedro Guerra, Benfica executive, reportedly contracted a Guinea-Bissau witch doctor, Dr Armando Nhaga to prepare his magic ahead of Benfica’s big Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund back in February.
FC Porto’s communications director, Francisco Marques, according to a report, claimed to have seen an email exchange between Benfica executive Pedro Guerra and Carlos Deus Pereira, the former president of the LPFP
(The Portuguese equivalent of the League board) during which the latter provided the former with ‘content’ from the president of the Portuguese Football Federation Fernando Gomes’ text messages.
Marques also disclosed that an email was sent by Guerra “with the endorsement” of Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira to a Dr Armando Nhaga of the National Police Commission of Guinea-Bissau which appears to reveal that the Eagles spent an awful lot of money procuring what can only be described as ‘witchcraft’.
According to the report, Dr Nhaga’s price list was as follows: €5,000 for victory in the Super Cup, €100,000 for victory in the Championship, €10,000 for a win in every Champions League group stage and €30,000 for every knockout game in the Champions League.
Also contained in the list are €1,000 for victory in each match of the Portuguese Cup or League Cup and €5,000 for a win in the Portuguese Cup final or League Cup final.
However, a few days later Benfica got spanked 4-0 by Dortmund, prompting President Vieira to send another email to Dr Nhaga to ask what had gone wrong.
Nhaga duly replied, explaining that his sorcery had failed because he wasn’t given enough time to prepare properly.