Some Like It HOT: Indonesian Students Play Soccer With Flaming Coconuts (Video)
Boarding school students across East Java, Indonesia like their soccer hot.
After praying they will not be burned, teams of 5 play barefoot on a small court, using a fiery coconut instead of your usual Nike, Adidas or Wilson ball.
News Track India reports:
These players prepare for these football matches for 21 days, which includes praying and fasting and learning to tame fire.
When they are ready, the tough 60 minutes of football begins played in bare feet with a burning coconut, which has been soaked in kerosene for two days, and up to four blazing coconuts are used in the game.
Meant to strengthen the boys’ resolve and test their manhood, the game has become a ritual experience in the area.
Game organizer Ali Akhyar boasts “We make a fireball to test the guts of the students.”