- A psychic cat from St Petersburg in Russia has predicted that Russia will win the opening game of the 2018 World Cup
- Achilles is a deaf white cat who can predict the outcome of soccer matches according to his believers by choosing from 2 bowls of food with different flags attached
- The psychic feline, usually lives a humble life as a rat hunter at St Petersburg Hermitage museum
Despite the Russian national football side having failed to register a single victory during the last eight months, their fortunes are about to improve. That is if you believe Achilles the cat, who has predicted a win for the host nation of Saudi Arabia.
Achilles is a deaf white cat with a remarkable ability. The feline is said to possess psychic abilities and has chosen the host nation to win the first game of the 2018 World Cup.
His believers claim Achilles can foresee the outcome of soccer matches, he does this by choosing from two bowls of food with different flags attached to them.
Briefly.co.za gathered that excitement in Russia has grown after Achilles chose the bowl bearing the Russian flag over the Saudi Arabia flag which indicates his prediction of an unlikely home side victory.
When Achilles is not in the public eye making football predictions, he lives a quiet and humble life hunting rats at the St Petersburg Hermitage museum.
Anna Kondratyeva is the vet who looks after Achilles and the other cats at the museum said because he is deaf, he does not get swayed by the opinions of onlookers. She also noted that Achilles has gotten used to the attention and was unlikely to be stressed by all the public adoration.
eNCA.com reported that Achilles will be hoping to replicate the success of Paul the octopus who correctly predicted the winners of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Paul made his predictions by choosing between two boxes of food.
In 2014, Madame Shiva the guinea pig and Pele the piranha failed with their predictions.
The Russian Orthodox Church has given its blessing to the Russian side and through its leader, Kirill said it would pray for a ‘worthy’ performance from the team.
The Russian side will need all the support (divine and otherwise) they can muster if they are to record their first victory in seven matches.
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