Pres­ti­gious foot­ball award within sight

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: Lo­cal foot­ball fans are wait­ing with bated breath as in just a mat­ter of days, Fifa will an­nounce its short­list of three play­ers for the Puskas Award, from the 10 nom­i­nated.

For the first time ever, a Malaysian is in the run­ning for the cov­eted award.

Mohd Faiz Subri, who shot a spec­tac­u­lar free­kick to score for Pe­nang against Pa­hang in a Su­per League match on Feb 16, will be con­tend­ing with some of the world’s best play­ers, such as Lionel Messi and Ney­mar of Barcelona.

No­body at the Ban­daraya Pu­lau Pi­nang Sta­dium that day would for­get the in­cred­i­ble dou­ble-curve tra­jec­tory of the ball af­ter Faiz fired it off with a kick that has set the in­ter­net alight. His shot stunned Pa­hang goal­keeper Mohd Nas­ril Nour­din to the ex­tent that the hap­less goalie stood frozen as the ball smashed into the back of the net.

While so­cial me­dia has been abuzz that Faiz is in one of the top po­si­tions for the award, Fifa will not re­lease any of­fi­cial up­dates un­til Dec 3 when it makes the an­nounce­ment of the fi­nal three short­listed can­di­dates.

Malaysians can tip the scales in favour of Mohd Faiz by vot­ing for him at www.­fafoot­ball-awards/puska­saward/

The Puskas Award, which Fifa started in 2009, is named af­ter famed Hun­gar­ian player Fer­ence Puskas, who is con­sid­ered one of the finest cen­tre-for­wards the game has seen.

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