Kekana goal nominated for Fifa award
The jaw-dropping goal for which he’s been nominated is his stunner for Bafana Bafana against Cameroon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.
JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana star midfielder Hlompho Kekana will surely regard 2016 as the best year of his football career as he’s garnered more nominations for top football accolades than any other player in the country.
The midfield maestro has received the nod for the coveted Fifa Puskas Award for the Goal of the Year, which is the highest recognition for the most spectacular goals in world football.
That nomination is the second one he’s received in the space of a few days, as he’s also been nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year, based in Africa.
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The jaw-dropping goal for which he’s been nominated is his stunner for the national team, against Cameroon, in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaounde in March this year.
Kekana blew the minds of all football fans, in South Africa, Cameroon and the world, when he struck the ball from well inside his team’s own half and the effort rocketed all the way into the Cameroon back net.
Not only did the Bafana team and fans lose their minds over it, but social media was abuzz for several days, as people talked about the beautiful goal non-stop.
Kekana has some stiff competition for the honour, as he’s competing with some ridiculous goals from the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who’ve been known for scoring wonders and also for winning Fifa’s top awards.
South Africa is no stranger to scoring great goals and being recognised for it. In 2010, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala was nominated for the Puskas award, after his strike against Mexico in the opening match of the World Cup at the FNB Stadium.
Tshabalala lost out to Turkey’s Hamit Altintop that year and understandably so as his effort was nothing short of breathtaking.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)