Best five goals of 2017
There have been some fantastic goals scored in South African football in the last 12 months.
TimesLIVE picks our top five‚ in no particular order.
1) HLOMPHO KEKANA VS ORLANDO PIRATES
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana had ‘some previous’ when it comes to scoring from his own half having done it for Bafana Bafana against Cameroon in 2016.
That would have given him the confidence to try it again and he did so in a league game against Orlando Pirates.
Spotting Buccaneers goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands off his line‚ he launched the ball forward from 60-yards.
The back-tracking keeper should have done better to keep the ball out‚ but it was still a marvellous bit of audacity from Kekana to even attempt the strike.
2) SIPHIWE TSHABALALA VS SUPERSPORT UNITED
The goal that was‚ somewhat controversially‚ voted Goal of the Season by fans at the end of the 2016/17 campaign ahead of Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke’s sensational over-head kick against Pirates in October 2016.
The keeper was unfortunate not to win the award‚ but public opinion went with favourite Tshabalala and the quality of his strike is to be applauded.
He picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and as the SuperSport defence stood off him‚ chipped the ball over Ronwen Williams and into the net at the back post.
Another fine strike to add to his growing collection of memorable goals.
3) NDIVHUWO RAVHUHALI VS AMAZULU
Polokwane City defender Ravhuhali blasted a free-kick from 35-yards into the corner of the net‚ but it was the power and the accuracy of the shot that was most impressive.
The free-kick specialist was always going to have a go and AmaZulu keeper Siyabonga Mbatha even guessed where he was going to put it‚ but could do nothing about the shot in the end.
It had pace and dip‚ crashing into the underside of the crossbar and crossing over the line. No keeper in the world would have saved the shot.
4) RODNEY RAMAGALELA VS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS
Ramagelela got one over his former club Sundowns with a brace of goals in a 2-1 win for Polokwane City in August‚ but it was the winner in that game that caught the eye.
The striker flicked the ball past a defender 35-yards from goal and as it sat up‚ produced a volley that speed past reigning African-based Player of the Year Dennis Onyango.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane called it the “goal of Ramagalela’s life” and he was not wrong …
5) MICHAEL MORTON VS BIDVEST WITS
This goal was perhaps so good because it came from such an unexpected source!
Morton has not been prolific in his career‚ nine-and-a-half seasons in the Premier Soccer League had produced two goals before this one‚ and one of those was a penalty.
Wits would have thought there was little danger then we he picked up the ball 25-yards from goal‚ but the midfielder had a crack and smashed the ball into the back of the net.
It was a fantastic strike in a game that would end on a sour note for Morton as he was sent-off for his reaction to being spat at by Wits’ Gabadinho Mhango.