Baroka's loved prodigal son returns


FIFA Puskas Award finalist Oscarine Masuluke has rejoined former club Baroka FC on a three-year deal.

In 2017 Masuluke together with France international Olivier Giroud and Deyna Castellanos were voted by hundreds of thousands of fans across the world as their top three from an initial list of 10 for best FIFA goal of the year.

Masuluke made the cut after his sensational bicycle-kick strike against Orlando Pirates earned Bakgaga a 1-1 draw in that season.

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But then in 2018 the goalkeeper together with captain Olaleng Shaku and coach Kgoloko Thobejane were sacked by the Limpopo club for drinking.

Bakgaga chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has now confirmed Masuluke's return following a spell at TS Sporting.

"Ya, ya, ya! Our son is coming back home," Mphahlele tells

"We love this boy. We were just disciplining him. He admitted he was wrong, he apologised a long time ago. Ya, he's coming back.

"We know what he can do. We know what he can do for us, and what we can offer him. They were not using him very well there [at Sporting), but it's fine we will make him work. He has signed for three seasons."

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Mphahlele says the fact that Masuluke is back does not leave the Baroka Village gates open for the likes of Thobejane and Shaku.

"No no no... it doesn't mean if one is coming back everybody must come back, Masuluke was our best goalkeeper," the chairman explains.

"He's been misled by those people you are talking about. I can't mention their names but he's been misled. Now that those people are no longer here, he will focus, he will concentrate."

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Sporting chairman Slungu Thobela confirmed the goalkeeper's departure from Abantu Bemthetho.

"No, Oscarine's contract has finished," Thobela explains. "He was with our goalkeepers in the bubble, but ja he went back to Baroka."

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