FIFA Puskas Award nominee Oscarine Masuluke is set for a royal send-off which will include a gala dinner in Giyani tonight.
The Baroka FC goalkeeper is set to attend the glittering Fifa event in London on Monday, where he will be vying for the award for the year’s best goal with Olivier Giroud and Deyna Castellanos.
This comes after his wonder goal, scored in a league match against Orlando Pirates last season, was nominated for the international accolade.
Before he leaves, Masuluke will dine with Mopani District mayor Nkakareng Rakgoale, a representative of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, and Baroka boss Khurishi Mphahlele at Emoyeni Royal Resort in Ngove Village.
The goalie was overlooked for recognition locally but may well be celebrated globally after scoring one of the most sensational goals in the PSL era.
He earned widespread acclaim after producing a magical overhead kick to earn his side a draw with the last-minute equaliser.
But fans first have to vote for his goal for him to emerge as the best of the final three.
“When I got the nomination my next dream was to see my name among the top three and it came true. I’d like to thank all those who voted for me, but we are not done yet. This award belongs in South Africa!
“I feel so humbled, I still find it hard to believe,” Masuluke said.
“I want to plead with the people of South Africa to vote for me. I’m the only South African nominated and am competing with people who play overseas.”