Sundowns skipper’s goal up for Fifa award
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