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MEC Moloi supports Masuluke for Puskas glory

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

Limpopo Province MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Mme Onicca Moloi welcomed Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke’s nomination for the prestigious 2017 FIFA Puskas award. The acrobatic equaliser was scored at stoppage time during an encounter against Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership fixture played at the Peter Mokaba stadium in November 2016.

Born and bred in Giyani, Masuluke is set to make history by being the first player from Africa to make it to the final top three of nominees. He will be competing against the French international striker Olivier Giroud for his stunning scorpion-kick scored for Arsenal against Crystal Palace in February 2017. To complete the trio, Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela is in contention with her long-range strike, from a centre circle, during the FIFA under-17 Women's World Cup against Cameroon in October last year.

 

The remarkable trio of goals progressed from the first round of voting concluded on Monday the 9th October. The votes from the second round will be added to the first-round votes to determine the overall winner. The quality of the goal netted by the Bakgakga Ba Ga-Mphahlele glove man has a fighting chance to win the prestigious accolade which will be presented at a ceremony in London on the 23rd of October 2017.

MEC Moloi lauded the 24-year-old shot-stopper’s tremendous achievement while she also urged the country to rally behind Masuluke by casting their votes in his favour.

“It’s actually a good thing to see one of our own being recognised globally for his excellent work. As a Province of Limpopo, as South Africa and Africa as a whole we’re proud of him. We are voting for him and I want to urge everyone who is yet to vote to do so for Oscarine Masuluke so that he can bring the Puskas award home. We want it here in the Limpopo Province.” MEC Moloi said

Despite losing the Absa Premiership goal of the season to Kaizer Chiefs star, Simphiwe Tshabalala via voters’ preference in June, Masuluke remains optimistic that he will bring a silver ware during the upcoming FIFA Awards.

"I am more than happy for such special a recognition. It's the first time I'm being recognised with such an award. Not every player can be nominated for FIFA awards but I feel okay, no stress. 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 overseas.” said Masuluke.