South Africa’s Hlompho Kekena nominated for FIFA Puskás Award

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Zamalek Aly Salama (CL) is watched by Mamelodi Sundowns Wayne Arendse (L) Hlompho Kekena (CR) and Asavela Mbekile (R) during the first length of the CAF Championship final on October 15, 2016 at Atteridgville Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekena (second from right) in action for his club. (Photo credit STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

South African footballer Hlompho Kekana once more has the opportunity to bag the FIFA Puskás Award which recognizes the best goal of the year.

Kekana, who captains South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, is one of 11 nominees for the award for his strike against Cape Town City in August 2019.

That strike, which was a long-range drive, was also voted as the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League Goal of the Season.

In 2016, Kekena was also nominated for the award for a goal he scored for South Africa against Cameroon in March.

The other nominees for the award this year are: Luis Suarez (formerly of Barcelona, now at Atletico Madrid), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres UANL), Heung-min Son (Tottenham), Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women), Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women), Leonel Quiñónez (CSD Macará), Zlatko Junuzović (RB Salzburg), Jordan Flores (Dundalk), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Flamengo) and Shirley Cruz (for Costa Rica).

Three finalists will be shortlisted with FIFA getting 50 percent of the votes cast, with a panel of football experts providing the other 50 percent.

The winner will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in Zurich on December 17.

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