Oscarine Masuluke's goal makes final 3 for Puskas Award
On Monday, Fifa confirmed the final three-man shortlist for the prize, which will be handed out in London on 23 October.
JOHANNESBURG – Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke's last-gasp wonder goal against Orlando Pirates has been shortlisted for the Puskas Award.
On Monday, Fifa confirmed the final shortlist for the prize, which will be handed out in London on 23 October.
Masuluke was nominated for goal of the season for the Premier Soccer league but he was beaten to the award by Kaizer Chiefs’ Siphiwe Tshabalala, a decision that angered some soccer fans since they felt that Masuluke’s goal was a rare thing to happen, given that he’s a goalkeeper.
His goal, a bicycle kick from the edge of the area to earn an injury time 1-1 draw at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on 30 November, was the favourite amongst local fans.
Masuluke is not only the first South African to be considered as one of the final three for the Puskas Award, he is also the first player from the African continent to be named as a finalist.
Even more remarkably, the South African is also the first goalkeeper to be considered for the award.
Voting will remain open until the day of the awards ceremony itself, on 23 October, with the winner of the fan vote receiving their award onstage at the historic London Palladium.
The total from each round of voting will be added together to decide the winner, who will be crowned at the awards ceremony later this month.
Masuluke is up against Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Venezulean footballer Deyna Castellanos for the Puskas Award.