Pitso behind Oscarine for Puskas Award
Posted: 4 October 2017 Time: 07:30
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane hopes Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke succeeds where Hlompho Kekana came up short in winning the Puskas Award.
Masuluke's sensational bicycle kick against Orlando Pirates last term is in the running for the accolade, along with goals from the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Olivier Giroud, Mario Mandzukic and Nemanja Matic.
Sundowns skipper Kekana was nominated for the same prize in 2016 with a long-range strike for Bafana Bafana against Cameroon but missed out to an effort from Malaysian Mohd Faiz Subri.
FIFA will present the gong in London on October 23.
“I wish Oscarine Masuluke all the best in the Puskas awards,” Mosimane is quoted as saying by his club.
“Kekana didn’t win it last year. We hope that he wins it.”
Meanwhile, Mosimane plans to use the international break to improve the fitness of a raft of players that have spent time on the sidelines, including Khama Billiat, Anthony Laffor and Leonardo Castro.
“We wish we could play again quickly because we had just won,” said Mosimane, referring to a 1-0 defeat of Platinum Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.
“But there is a FIFA break that we have to respect. It will give us time to get Khama, Soumahoro Bangaly, Anthony Laffor, Leonardo Castro and Yanick Zakri fit, and give Anele Ngcongca and Asavela Mbekile a chance to be match fit.”
The Brazilians will resume their campaign against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld on October 18.