Malaysian’s joy at goal of year short­list

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MALAYSIAN mid­fielder Mo­hamad Faiz Subri (pix) said yes­ter­day that he was sur­prised and happy af­ter be­ing short­listed for FIFA’s goal of the year fol­low­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary swerv­ing free­kick.

Faiz’s goal for Pe­nang state in the Malaysian Su­per League in Fe­bru­ary was rem­i­nis­cent of Roberto Car­los’s swerv­ing thun­der­bolt for Brazil against France in 1997.

Footage of the 29-year-old scor­ing a vi­ciously swerv­ing free­kick from 35 me­tres out have gone vi­ral and made him a sen­sa­tion in foot­ball-crazy Malaysia.

The 10 FIFA Puskas Award 2016 fi­nal­ists in­clude Barcelona su­per­stars Ney­mar and Lionel Messi and were cho­sen from thou­sands of goals scored around the world be­tween Septem­ber 2015 and Septem­ber 2016.

“I thank god for be­ing se­lected by FIFA. Be­ing in the top 10 along with Messi and Ney­mar for FIFA’s goal of the year award by it­self is a vic­tory for me,” he told AFP.

“If I don’t win, its OK. If it hap­pens it is a bonus,” Faiz said. The fi­nal three will be an­nounced by FIFA on De­cem­ber 3.

Lim Guan Eng, Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter, de­scribed Faiz’s goal as “best in the world.”

“Def­i­nitely the best Malaysia free­kick goal ever and best in the world so far for 2016,” he said on Twit­ter.

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