Justin Shonga Scored a FIFA Puskas Award Nomination Worthy Goal That Everyone Forgot About in South Africa

Justin Shonga Scored a FIFA Puskas Award Nomination Worthy Goal That Everyone Forgot About in South Africa

  • In April, former Sekhukhune United striker Justin Shonga scored what definitely should have been nominated as and won the DStv Premiership Goal of the Month
  • In a match against Stellenbosch FC, the 25-year-old Zambian chested the ball after having taken a quick look at the goalposts, before unleashing a spectacular bicycle kick to score
  • The goal was in the same fashion as that of Oscarine Masuluke's legendary goal for Baroka FC against Orlando Pirates in 2016 that was nominated for a FIFA Puskas Award

Former Sekhukhune United striker Justin Shonga can count himself unlucky for not having a DStv Premiership Goal of the Month award as well as being a dead cert for the DStv Premiership Goal of the Season gong.

The 25-year-old Zambian scored a sensational bicycle kick goal against Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch in an April league match that ended in an entertaining 1-1 draw. This goal was a near-carbon copy of the legendary one that goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke struck for Baroka FC against Orlando Pirates in 2016, which garnered global acclaim and saw Masuluke nominated for that year's FIFA Puskas Award.

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Justin Shonga's goal has shades of Oscarine Masuluke's memorable strike. Image source: YouTube screenshot
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However, Shonga's goal did not even garner a nomination on the Premier Soccer League's website. Instead, the league reported that Keagan Dolly's free-kick for Kaizer Chiefs against Chippa United was deserving of the award.

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The Sunday World reported that the DStv Premiership Goal of the Season would be revealed live on SuperSport ahead of the PSL Play-Off Tournament match between Cape Town All Stars and Moroka Swallows tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm.

The shortlisted goals are:

August/September 2021: Deon Hotto (Orlando Pirates vs Stellenbosch FC – 21 August)

October/November 2021: Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs vs Chippa United – 16 October)

December 2021: Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukhune United – 12

December)

February/March 2022: Reeve Frosler (Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs – 5 March)

April 2022: Keagan Dolly (Chippa United vs Kaizer Chiefs – 2 April)

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May 2022: Thabo Matlaba (Royal AM vs Orlando Pirates – 27 May)

Reeve Frosler wins Goal of the Month award, John Maduka and Mxolisi Macuphu take Coach and Player awards

The coveted monthly awards in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have been announced and there are no surprises on who took the goal of the month award home.

As reported by Sports Brief, Kaizer Chiefs defender, Reeve Frosler won the coveted Goal of the Month award for his stunning strike against Orlando Pirates. Frosler scored the opening goal in the game with a long-range effort.

The win didn’t come as a surprise to many, as Kaizer Chiefs fans often joke about how they would vote for any Chiefs player nominated, no matter how simple the goal was.

Source: SportsBrief.com