With the 2020 FIFA Puskas awards nominations approaching, we take a look at South African-born players who made the top 10 list of the most beautiful goals scored over the last 11 years.
Overall, South Africa have four footballers who have previously been nominated for the FIFA Puskas award and below are the four players:
Katlego Mphela – Goal vs Spain in 2009
Mphela was the first player to get recognition in the prestigious awards following a stunning goal in the 3rd/4th play-off match against Spain in Rustenburg during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The retired striker slotted a free-kick from outside the box straight into the back of the net, beating Iker Casillas in the process.
‘Killer’ scored a brace on the day however Spain still went on to win the match 3-2 after extra time.
Siphiwe Tshabalala – Goal vs Mexico in 2010
Tshabalala’s memorable opening goal at the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals warmed the hearts of Africa, which later made the list of the 10 most beautiful goals scored that year after unleashing an unstoppable shot which sent the crowd at FNB Stadium and fan-parks wild.
Hlompho Kekana – Goal vs Cameroon in 2016
Kekana got the international recognition after he unleashed the thunderbolt from his own half to beat Cameroon earning himself the nomination.
Oscarine Masuluke – Goal vs Orlando Pirates in 2016
Masuluke became the talk of the town throughout the 2016/17 season after scoring with a tremendous bicycle-kick to help Baroka snatch a point against the Buccaneers while making it to the top three list worldwide.
Mzansi has so far witnessed some beautiful goals this season, including Nicholus Lukhubeni’s brilliant solo goal for Mamelodi Sundowns against Chippa United in February. However, the question remains, who will be the next South African to be nominated for the prestigious award?