Giyani gets behind Puskas Award nominee Oscarine Masuluke
Posted: 19 October 2017 Time: 08:40
Mopani District Municipality Mayor Nkakareng Rakgoale and the community of Giyani will host a special farewell dinner tonight for London-bound Puskas Award nominee Oscarine Masuluke.
Masuluke is bidding to become the first African to win the prize when FIFA hand it out in the English capital on October 23.
The Baroka goalkeeper was born in N’wamankena, a village outside Giyani. He grew up in a RDP house with four siblings and has become an inspirational figure in the region, according to Mopani District Municipality spokesperson Neil Shikwambana.
“Masuluke grew up in a rural area where there are not so many role models,” Shikwambana tells KickOff.com.
“His nomination for the FIFA Puskas award has made the province and whole country proud.
“His achievement is now a great inspiration to many youngsters in the area and this will now act as big motivation to them that if you work hard in anything you do, either in education or other sporting activities, you can achieve success.”
Government representatives, SAFA officials and local traditional leaders are expected to attend the dinner.
Masuluke was nominated for the Puskas Award after scoring with a bicycle kick against Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium last season. He is vying with French striker Olivier Giroud and Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos for the accolade.