Caster Semenya is among the 10 best female athletes in the world. Photo supplied

Oscarine Masuluke and Caster Semenya shine on the world stage


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Baroka FC wunderkind Oscarine Masuluke is on the final threesome shortlist for the 2017 FIFA Puskas Awards.

The remarkable achievement is but the cherry on top of World 800m champion and 1 500m bronze medallist, Caster Semenya, being selected among the 10 athletes, who are competing in the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletes of the Year Awards. 

A whole new world was about to open up for Masuluke, who happened to be the sole shot-stoppeer among the three finalists.

This should open up a wide-range of opportunities for the village boy, such as his goal being transformed into branding on the broader marketing circuit.

Also, there was a real possibility of a film production company in South Agfrica or the international stage considering a documentary on his profile from rags-to-riches.

Masuluke has made it to the top list of the three finalists who were billed to compete in the 2017 FIFA Puskas Awards, together with Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela, and Olivier Giroud of France.

The Baroka FC goal-minder has received the backing of African soccer legend, the Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha, and CAF Champions League reigning kings, Mamelodi Sundowns FC head coach, Pitso Mosimane.

As for  the wondergirl Semenya, she has been shortlisted among participating athletes who include World 100m hurdles champion, the Australian Sally Pearson, World discus champion, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, and World long jump champion Brittney Reese of the US.

They were all selected by a panel of experts from across the IAAF continental federations.

Fans of Semenya from Limpopo and the broader South African nation have the opportunity to improve her chances of winning the award, by voting on the IAAF social media platforms.

The winner was scheduled to be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on Friday, 24 November.

However, the public vote was at 25% from the overall poll.

Voting closes on 16 October. 

5 months ago       12 October 2017