Shakes: Kekana deserves Puskas award

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Kekana, who returned to the international scene after two years of being overlooked, scored one of the best goals scored by a South African player with a stunning hit from inside his own half in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Cameroon at Limbe in the Afcon 2017 qualifiers.

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The 30-year old, who has 15 caps for Bafana Bafana, has also been a standout player for his club Mamelodi  Sundowns, scoring goals eight goals across all competitions as the Brazilians top the PSL standings.

Yet his latest strike in national team colours has to be nominated for the FIFA Goal of the Year Award, according to national coach Mashaba.

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"It is a goal that I can give a few sub-headings to: one, match intelligence - when he got that ball, we were expecting him to pass to Tokelo Rantie who was making a run," Mashaba told reporters.

"Two, the vision - that time he was carrying the ball and he managed to see the keeper (off his line). The third one, the courage to say 'let me take a chance' and he did, and it paid off.

“But he has scored such goals (in the past) . He's hard-hitter of the ball and that goal is one of the best goals I have ever seen in my life.

"And if doesn't win the (Puskas) award in world soccer, then I would say there is something wrong."

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If Kekana’s strike is indeed selected for the shortlist for the Puskas award later this year, it will be the second time a South Africa player is nominated after Siphiwe Tshabalala's 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 opener against Mexico at Soccer City, although he lost out to Turkish player Hamit Altintop who claimed the eventual prize.

Kekana will hope to be on target again when South African host Cameroon in the second leg in Durban on Tuesday.

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