Ahead of tonight’s game at Cape Town Stadium, chiefs winger and Bafana legend Siphiwe Tshabalala has been selected as part of the FIFA shortlist for the best goal of 2010.
The Bafana Bafana star was recently nominated for the Puskas Award for his spectacular long-range left foot belter against Mexico in the World Cup opener earler this year.
Tshabalala has was obviously pretty stoked and had this to say:
“I was not aware the goal had been nominated. I am very honoured to have received this nomination,” “It means a lot to me to be on the same list as goals scored by players like Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben.
“You dream of scoring in a World Cup and to be able to do that and have the goal nominated as one of the best scored in the year means a lot. Just being nominated means a lot to me.”
Other candidates for the goal of the year are Giovanni van Bronckhorst for Netherlands, Hamit Altintop for Turkey, Matthew Burrows for Northern Irish side Glentoran, Linus Hallenius for Swedish club Hammarby, Lionel Messi for Barcelona, Samir Nasri for Arsenal, Neymar for Santos, Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich, and Kumi Yokoyama for Japan’s women’s under-17 team.
The award was created last year in honor of Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas and will be presented at a ceremony in Zurich on the 10th of January 2011 when FIFA will give the Ballon D’Or trophy to the world’s best player during the 2010 footballing season.
The absolutely impeccable Cristiano Ronaldo won the inaugural Puskas Award for scoring from 40 yards for Manchester United (the best team in the World) against Porto in a Champions League match in April 2009. He got nearly 18 percent of the votes from 120,000 fans who took part (I think that he should of got more just because of his mad skills).
Fans can vote for this year’s contenders at http://www.fifa.com/
Lets hope for another couple of cracking goals in tonight’s game… I say its Bafana for the victory with a 2-1 scoreline!
We’ll be starting the mission off at Tequila Town on Buitengracht next to Honda for predrinks and a munch after hitting the fanwalk for some festivities before the game, which starts at 21:30.