A group of anthropologists who recently discovered that a lost tribe in the Borneo rainforest have settled a small town were staggered to find Sven-Goran Eriksson in charge of the local football team.
Tom Wilson, the Cambridge anthropologist who took part in the expedition along with Indonesian academics, spoke about the incredible situation, saying:
“We had been searching for signs of the tribe for 11 months as nobody knew where they had been for the past seven years.
“We were canoeing everywhere we could, mapping the forest, and finally one of our crew saw a man with a bow and arrow running back from the riverbank.
“We called over and the man returned with another man, who was holding a kind of carved wooden flute.
“We kept our distance as they were clearly nervous but we gestured for the man with the flute to play a song known to the tribe.
“And lo and behold, he played the opening lines of Sven, Sven, Sven – the 2001 hit from comedy music duo Bell And Spurling.
“I burst out laughing, which seemed to make the tribesmen less tense, and they invited us out of the boat to visit their settlement.
“It was much bigger than we imagined; in fact it was an uncharted town. They even had a little football stadium.
“I went to take a look, and there was Sven waving at me. I could not believe my eyes.
“He shook my hand and apologised that he couldn’t talk for longer as his side were preparing for an Asian Champions League match.
“He seemed to have made the tribesmen into a well-drilled side, and they had even signed Eric Djemba-Djemba to boost their midfield.”
As well as the presence of a football team, another fascinating feature of the town, according to Wilson, was the unexpectedly high number of children with blond hair and glasses.
He says this is likely due to peculiarities in the tribe’s gene pool.
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