Monday, January 21st, 2013
The African Cup of Nations is a tournament usually sprinkled with a large dose of whacky and bizarre instances, and day three of the competition brought a mad moment in the first half of Zambia versus Ethiopia.
With the match still goalless in a lively first half in South Africa, the game was brought to a long halt for a nasty foul just after the half hour.
Zambia forward Chisamba Lungu made a break through the middle from a simple ball over the top, but after skewing his effort wide of the post the attacker was dramatically pole-axed by Ethiopia keeper Jemal Tassew.
The collision, reminiscent of Harald Schumacher’s epic assault on Patrick Battiston at World Cup ’82, left Lungu laying lifeless, while keeper Jemal Tassew slightly more suspiciously also laid flat out on the turf.
After several minutes of medical attention Jemel was eventually stretchered off the pitch, but not before the referee showed the goalie a red card while he was being karted off the pitch.
Watch Jemal Tassew Schumacher-esque attack and red card incident below, while a GIF can be seen below the fold.