PSL award finalist grateful after cheating death
Posted: 29 May 2018 Time: 15:00
Siphelele Magubane is especially grateful to be a contender for the PSL Goal of the Season prize given the circumstances surrounding his fine finish and his recent narrow brush with death.
Golden Arrows' Magubane, Mamelodi Sundowns' Hlompho Kekana and Orlando Pirates' Justin Shonga have been nominated for the accolade, which will be presented at the PSL Awards ceremony tonight at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Magubane put himself in the running with a sweetly curled effort past Polokwane City goalkeeper George Chigova in March. After scoring he removed his left boot to reveal a ‘Get well Mum’ message. His mother was in hospital at the time with a kidney problem.
The 25-year-old, who was wearing new boots given to him by his agent for the first time that day, made history by becoming the first Arrows player to win the PSL Goal of the Month gong.
“Firstly, I just want to thank fans who voted for my goal. It means a lot that people are recognising what we are doing on the field of play,” Magubane tells KickOff.com.
“To tell you [the truth], everything happened at once if you look at the goal I scored and look at what I did after scoring that goal by removing my boots. My mother wasn’t well and I had a chat with her before the game that she shouldn’t stress, she’ll be fine, I’ll score one goal for her.
“Eventually I scored and it was a big goal. It was voted as the goal of the month and now it is nominated as one of the goals of the season.
“It means a lot that my goal is in the final list of the top three and the other goals of the months that were nominated were world class. So this brings a lot of joy to me that I’m in the same company with Hlompho Kekana and Justin Shonga.”
A few weeks after his special goal, Magubane was lucky to escape with his life after writing off his VW Polo TSI in a car crash.
“To be in the car accident at that same time, that is also something else,” he adds.
“The condition of the car, we should be talking something different but by God’s grace we were able to escape the accident unscathed.
“So you can imagine if it goes well for me on Tuesday and I win this award it’ll be a blessing in my football career.”