Can a goalkeeper take a throw in ?

I must admit its something I can't recall ever seeing before or thinking about. But during an African Nations Cup match the goalkeeper took the throw instead of one of the outfield players. I didn't know that he could do this . I thought he was only allowed to handle the ball in his own area... show more I must admit its something I can't recall ever seeing before or thinking about. But during an African Nations Cup match the goalkeeper took the throw instead of one of the outfield players.

I didn't know that he could do this . I thought he was only allowed to handle the ball in his own area ?

Can't it be interpreted as him handling the ball outside his area ? There again the ball is not in play as such :)
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