Cape Town - Baroka
goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke may not have been rewarded by the
Premiership for his outrageous goal last season but been recognised by
FIFA for the annual Puskas award.
Last season Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana midfielder Hlompho
Kekana cracked the nod for the final nominations for the award but lost
out to Malaysian winger Mohd Faiz Subri.
And this season the Bakgaga shot-stopper has earned international
plaudits for his last-minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Orlando
Pirates where he scored an acrobatic bicycle kick.
After being pipped by Siphiwe Tshabalala for the goal of the season
award via voters preference, Masuluke told Kickoff he's hopeful of
winning something the second time around.
"I'm more than happy for such special recognition," he said. "It's
the first time I'm being recognised for such an award. Not every player
can be nominated for FIFA awards but I feel okay, no stress.
"The only thing I wish and pray for is that my goal makes the top
three. I plead with the people of South Africa to vote for me. I'm the
only South African in these awards competing with people who are playing
"I plead with everyone to take their time to vote, and not repeat the
same mistake they did in the Absa Premiership awards by voting only
with their mouths, assuming 'yeah, it's obvious Oscarine's goal is going
to take it'. No please, let's vote."