Baroka keeper Oscarine Masuluke hoping to receive FIFA Puskas Award in London tonight
Posted: 23 October 2017 Time: 11:45
Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke left the country for London last night with high hopes of becoming the first African to win the Puskas Award.
Masuluke was nominated for the accolade for the goal he scored with a bicycle kick in a league game with Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium last season.
France and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos are his rivals for the prize, which will be handed out in the English capital tonight.
"It's not about me but my family, my country and the continent," Masuluke told KickOff.com before flying out of OR Tambo International Airport.
"It's my first time going out the country. I am so excited. I hope to bring the award back home."
The Giyani-born keeper, who always dreamt of visiting London, is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the sport's finest talents at the FIFA event.
"It's just unbelievable that I will share the same stage with some of the best players in the world. To go to London and meet some of the great soccer stars is a great achievement on its own. I will always be grateful to all the people that voted for me for this award."
Masuluke's compatriot Hlompho Kekana was nominated for the Puskas Award in 2016 with a screamer he netted for Bafana Bafana against Cameroon, but Malaysian Mohd Faiz Subri walked away with the honours.