Before a game in Zambia, the goalkeeper coach of Super League side Forest Rangers was sanctioned for urinating on a goalpost.
According to a Football Association of Zambia statement, Charles Chileshe was accused of unsporting activity after “sprinkling an unknown substance in aim and urinating or simulating urinating against one of the goalposts” ahead of Saturday’s game at Prison Leopards.
In addition, Chileshe was accused of behaving “in a way that is not compatible with the values and integrity of football as supported by FIFA, CAF and FAZ.” In a statement, Rangers said they had taken unspecified disciplinary steps against Chileshe. It is not unusual on the African continent to use ‘muti’-the African conviction that such ritual acts will assist with performance on the pitch.
But whatever Chileshe was trying to accomplish did not succeed this time as the Leopards defeated his side 2-0. The incident follows Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic’s allegations of “witchcraft” at the African Nations Championship in Cameroon. It came after a dead bat was discovered on the halfway line prior to the kick-off of the tournament opener against the hosts on.