Central African Republic recorded a major upset by going to Egypt and winning 3-2 in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match. But before that happened and while Egypt still led 2-1 early in the second half, CAR goalkeeper Geoffrey Lembet went briefly insane.
Lembet was receiving treatment on the pitch and when the referee told him to go off so the physio could continue to look him over, Lembet snapped. First he punched the nearest goalpost, then he walked over to the far post and laid into it with a dizzying combination of punches that had to turn his hands to sacks of bone chips. The physio then wrapped him in a bear hug to calm him down.
And the disconcerting sight of watching a grown man beat the snot out of a goalpost was apparently the inspiration/fear instilling moment his teammates needed, because after that they scored twice to defeat Bob Bradley’s side (see U.S. fans — it could be worse than a 1-1 draw against Guatemala).
Anyway, Artur Boruc is hoping Geoffrey Lembet will be his new best friend.
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