Sun­downs skip­per’s goal up for Fifa award

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MAMELODI Sun­downs cap­tain Hlom­pho Kekana’s won­der goal against Cameroon in an Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier has been nom­i­nated for the Fifa Puskás Award 2016.

Kekana scored the goal — a long range ef­fort — against Cameroon on March 26 in Limbe. The game ended 2-2.

The prize will be awarded to the scorer of the Goal of the Year at The Best Fifa Football Awards, to be held on Jan­uary 9, 2017, in Zurich.

Al­though the short­list it­self is made up of an ex­clu­sive group of play­ers, now is the time for ev­ery­one else to have their say.

“That’s right, you the fans carry the huge re­spon­si­bil­ity of choos­ing the Goal of the Year! You will de­cide which scorer’s name will be added to a list of past win­ners in­clud­ing Cristiano Ron­aldo, Ney­mar, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic, James Rodriguez and last year’s vic­tor, Brazil­ian Wen­dell Lira.”

In ac­cor­dance with the Rules of Al­lo­ca­tion, only those goals scored be­tween Septem­ber 30, 2015, and Septem­ber 30, 2016, in­clu­sive were el­i­gi­ble for nom­i­na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Fifa, it took a her­culean ef­fort from our panel to nar­row down the list to the fi­nal 10 nom­i­nees, such was the qual­ity of the goals scored over that 12-month pe­riod.

Con­sid­er­ing the size of their task, your job couldn’t be sim­pler!

All you need to do is sit back, marvel at the beauty of 10 sen­sa­tional strikes, and then choose which one you think is the most spec­tac­u­lar.

The 10 nom­i­nees are: Mario Gas­par (ESP) — 13.11.2015, Spain vs Eng­land, in­ter­na­tional friendly

Hlom­pho Kekana (RSA) — 26.03.2016, Cameroon vs South Africa, Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier

Mar­lone (BRA) — 21.04.2016, Corinthi­ans vs Co­bre­sal, Copa Lib­er­ta­dores

Lionel Messi (ARG) — 21.06.2016, USA vs Ar­gentina, Copa América Cen­te­nario semi-fi­nal

Ney­mar (BRA) — 08.11.2015, Barcelona vs Vil­lar­real, La Liga (Spain) Saúl Ñíguez (ESP) — 27.04.2016, Atlético Madrid vs Bay­ern Mu­nich, Uefa Cham­pi­ons League Hal Rob­son-Kanu (WAL) — 01.07.2016, Wales vs Bel­gium, UEFA EURO 2016 Da­niuska Ro­dríguez (VEN) — 14.03.2016, Venezuela vs Colom­bia, South American U-17 Women’s Football Cham­pi­onship Si­mon Skrabb (FIN) — 31.10.2015, Ge­fle v. Åtvid­aberg, Allsven­skan league, Swe­den Mohd Faiz Subri (MAS) — 16.02.2016, Pe­nang v. Pa­hang, Malaysia Su­per League. — fifa.com

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