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Former Orlando Pirates Player Admits Playing (And Scoring) While Drunk
- Tales of alcoholic escapades and misadventures are part and parcel of South African football
- Many a current and former player has stories about this scourge and its impact on the sport
- A former Orlando Pirates and Dynamos player has anecdotes about his alcoholic experiences
Former Premier Soccer League football player, Gerald Modabi told an anecdote for the ages.
The ex-Orlando Pirates and Dynamos midfielder added humour to the dark aspects of 'alcohol culture', which affects many current and former players in South Africa and beyond.
In the middle of a discussion on SuperSport's absorbing talk show Sitting With Stan, Robert Marawa asked Modabi if he once played under the influence, to which the ex-player responded:
"Many times before! While at Dynamos, I scored two free kicks against Ajax Cape Town at a packed Giyani Stadium. While I was drunk."
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Modabi explained he dared not approach the referee despite being the target of numerous fouls during the game.
"I was scared they would smell the alcohol on my breath. I was not sure if I would be punished for being drunk by him. All I knew was that I had to behave in a way that would not see me ending up talking to the referee!"
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Former Kaizer Chiefs sharpshooter, Leonardo Castro has said there was a problematic culture of drinking at the club, which still permeates South African football.
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Cardoso recently claimed some players arrived drunk to practices. Troublesome ex-Chiefs star Dumisani Zuma was suspended toward the end of 2001, after being arrested for drunk driving.