Masuluke is the fourth South African nominated...
Masuluke - 2017 - Winner?
Mphela - 2009 - Finished 10th
Tshabalala - 2010 - Finished 9th
Kekana - 2016 - Didn't make the top three.
Baroka FC’s Oscarine Masuluke is already the first African to make it into the top three for FIFA’s Puskas Award, now he’s hoping to become the first African to win it.
See the other South African nominees and where they finished above
Numerous African footballers – including three from South Africa, have been nominated for the prestigious award in the past, however, Masuluke is the first one that has qualified for the final round of public voting. His incredible overhead kick against Orlando Pirates went viral the night it happened.
The Baroka man will be up against Olivier Giroud of Arsenal, and teenage Venezuelan starlet, Deyna Castellanos, with many around the country urging fans to vote for their compatriot ahead of the ceremony in London later this month.
Masuluke is also the first South African to be recognised for his efforts at club level, with the other three – Katlego Mphela, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Hlompho Kekana receiving their nominations for goals scored for Bafana Bafana.
Mphela’s goal came against Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup, Tshabalala’s World Cup 2010 opener got him into the top 10 and Kekana’s thunderbolt against Cameroon saw him get nominated for the 2016 award last year.
See the former South African entrants below:
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