Nigerian seer John Adatiri, 78, admitted that he had not forecast football tournaments before but predicted a strong showing for his home country after looking at a two-sided mirror, Reuters reports.
Adatiri said: "Nigeria go play quarter-final. Brazil go win."
Meanwhile, Zulu witchdoctor Sebenzile Nsukwini, 33, cast animal bones and sea shells and predicted a "strong" showing for hosts South Africa, despite their outsider status.
However, despite the blessing of Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, football reporter Linda Moreotsene from Sowetan expressed scepticism about the idea of managers using 'muti' (traditional South African medicine) to help their teams to victory.
Moreotsene said: "All the muti stuff was before my time. I can't say I've seen any smoke or herbs being burnt in the changing rooms. Many of the top sides have got European coaches now and they don't think much of that sort of thing."