Oscarine can't count on fellow goalkeeper for Puskas vote

Oscarine can't count on fellow goalkeeper for Puskas vote
Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando Pirates dejected during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on the 20 December 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 20:00

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane will not be joining fellow South Africans in voting for Oscarine Masuluke.

The goalkeeper, who was between the sticks when Masuluke shocked the world with a last minute bicycle-kick equaliser, said he will not be casting his vote - stating that it is the duty of soccer supporters.

Masuluke's goal for Baroka FC against Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership game last year, has been included in the final three shortlist for the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award.

But, despite the strike gaining worldwide acclaim, the man who conceded the goal is not ready to support Masuluke's cause.


“I’m a football player I don't go around voting‚ I only play football," Mabokgwane told PowerFM. "Voting is for supporters‚ it’s for fans‚ people should vote for him if they like the goal.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the 29-year-old went on to state that he would've walked away with the man-of-the-match accolade had it not been for Masuluke's last minute heroics.

“Funny enough I was actually named man-of-the-match in that game but after his goal they changed it to him‚” he added in his interview with the radio station.

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