Justin Shonga Bicycle Kick Compares Favourably to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale Goals

Justin Shonga Bicycle Kick Compares Favourably to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale Goals

Keba Mothoagae
October 5, 2022 at 9:01 AM
  • Former Sekhukhune United player Justin Shonga scored one of the greatest goals ever seen on a South African football field earlier this year
  • The Zambian struck a bicycle kick against Stellenbosch FC in a DStv Premiership that somehow did not win the goal of the month and season awards
  • This goal can be compared to the ones that were scored Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale while they still played for Real Madrid

The more one watches Justin Shonga's moment of magic earlier this year, the more one's jaw drops in awe.

The Zambian international, playing for Sekhukhune United, scored through a bicycle kick in a DStv Premiership match last season against Stellenbosch FC. Taking place last April, the encounter in the Cape Winelands ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Sekhukhune United's Justin Shonga scored a goal that can be compared to those of former Real Madrid players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Image source: Getty Images and SuperSport Youtube.
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Though the goal was nominated for the goal of the month, not only did it somehow not win the award, it was not even selected as the 2021/22 DStv Premiership Goal of the Season.

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Respectively, these awards went to Kaizer Chiefs' Keagan Dolly and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo to much controversy and accusations of biased voting.

Shonga's wonder goal can be compared to the one that Cristiano Ronaldo scored against Juventus during the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League. It is also in league with that of Gareth Bale in the final against Liverpool that season.

However, these goals were overlooked in favour of Mohamed Salah's relatively straightforward goal against Everton in a Premier League encounter for the 2018 FIFA Puskas Award.

Famously, Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke was nominated for the award after scoring the equaliser in the same vein deep into injury time against Orlando Pirates. He finished second in the voting after former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for the award in 2017.

DStv Premiership match report: Limp Orlando Pirates crashes to defeat against Sekhukhune United

Defeat has come at the very worst moment for Orlando Pirates.

The in-form Buccaneers somehow succumbed to a 2-0 loss to Sekhukhune United at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Sports Brief reported.

The goals for Babina Ba Noko came via Elia Mokwena in the 84th minute, before Vusumzi Mncube put the result beyond doubt in the 91st minute. The disappointing visitors had James Monyane sent off in the 58th minute.

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