Let’s vote Faiz for Puskas
> He can make history as the first Malaysian to win
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are urged to vote in full force for local boy Mohd Faiz Subri ( pix), who has been nominated for Fifa’s 2016 Puskas award.
He stands to make history as the first Malaysian (and Asian) to win the coveted award, which is accorded for the year’s most spectacular goal scored.
The diminutive No. 13 midfielder, who plays for Penang in the Malaysian Super League, was shortlisted with other great names such as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar after hammering in a 30-metre “knuckleball” freekick against Pahang in February.
Mohd Faiz’s screamer saw the ball swerving from the left to right, deceiving goalkeeper Nasril Nourdin, who remained rooted to the spot, as the ball hit the back of the net.
The goal was scored in a Super League match at Stadium Bandaraya Pulau Pinang, as his team defeated Pahang 4-1.
Many described the physics-defying goal as reminiscent of Brazilian Roberto Carlos’ stunner against France in a friendly match in 1997, which was claimed by some to be one of the greatest goals ever scored.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak tweeted: “I have voted, what about you? #FIFAPuskas #FaizSubri #MalaysiaBoleh”.
The public are given until Dec 2 for the first round of voting, following which the list will be trimmed down to three.
The second round of voting will then commence until the winner is revealed during the Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in Zurich on Jan 9, 2017.
The Fifa Puskas award was introduced in 2009 in honour of Ferenc Puskás, the captain and star of the Hungarian national team during the 1950s.Past winners include Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Colombia’s James Rodriguez.
To vote, go to www.fifa.com/the-best-fifafootball-awards/puskas-award/
Nasril looks on in shock as the ball swerves into the net after Faiz's (circled) epic freekick.