So close yet so far for Os­carine Ma­su­luke

African Times - - Sport -

AF­TER mak­ing the fi­nal cut of the 2017 FIFA Puskas awards, Baroka FC goal­keeper, Os­carine Ma­su­luke was nar­rowly pipped by Arse­nal and French for­ward Olivier Giroud at the awards cer­e­mony held on Tues­day evening in Lon­don.

Ma­su­luke’s breath-tak­ing over­head kick against Or­lando Pi­rates which even got a vote from ath­let­ics su­per­star Usain Bolt, earned him a place at the glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony where he rubbed shoul­ders with world su­per­stars such as Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, Lionel Messi, Gian­luigi Buf­fon amongst oth­ers.

Af­ter months of vot­ing from foot­ball fans across the world, Ma­su­luke’s strike came sec­ond to Giroud by a nar­row mar­gin which is some­thing the 24-year-old from Lim­popo can take pride in. Tot­ten­ham Host­purs in-form striker Harry Kane and Real Madrid star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo both said Ma­su­luke’s goal should have won the Puskas Award. Kane de­scribed the Baroka FC’s goal as bril­liant. Ron­aldo was voted the best player for 2017, the fifth time he has won the same award.

Giroud scooped the Puskas award with 36.17% of the votes fol­lowed by Ma­su­luke on 27.48% while Deyna Castel­lanos from Venezuela got 20.47%.

“Well done to Os­carine for fly­ing the South African and Africa’s flag high. In spite of the out­come, you have done the con­ti­nent proud by mak­ing it into the top three of such a top award. We are re­ally proud of you,” said Safa pres­i­dent Dr Danny Jor­daan.–

EISH !!!!..... Baroka FC goal­keeper, Os­carine Ma­su­luke

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