Baroka midfielder Gerald Phiri Jr insists if an emergency situation arises again and he is required to play as a goalkeeper, he would take the opportunity with both hands in order to help the team.
Phiri was forced to play in goals in the last 20 minutes of the 1-1 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
This comes after match day keeper Elvis Chipezeze was shown a red card for handling the ball outside the box.
At that time Bakgaga had used their three substitution opportunities allowed as per the new Fifa rules which meant substitute goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke couldn’t come in.
“Obliviously in a game like this, professional football (it is the first time) but yeah I am always fooling around in training so yeah it’s something that I have done for a long time,” said Phiri after the match.
“I was very nervous because I came in and there was a free kick, you never know people are good with free kicks but the defence helped me. The guys were up there, I only made one or two saves so it’s not bad.
“Anything for the team, you know where we were last season. We don’t want to be there so anything for the team. You see we got a point, I got a clean sheet so anything for the team. They (Oscarine Masuluke and Elvis Chipezeze) told me not to panic, especially Masuluke because Chipezeze was gone, he told me not to panic,” said the 27-year-old.
Other in-field payers who have been forced to play in goals for their teams before include Surprise Moriri for Mamelodi Sundowns during a cup match against Kaizer Chiefs in 2006 and Happy Jele for Orlando Pirates in a league match against Bidvest Wits in 2017.
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By Ofhani Munyai