It is always a special sight to see a goalkeeper score a goal at the other end. Except for Brazilian Rogerio Ceni, renowned as much for his shockingly accurate free kicks as for his abilities between the nets, it is very to rare to find a goalkeeper score a goal of a quality that would rival that pf any outfield player.
But that is exactly what has happened at South Africa in a Premier Soccer League match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates. It was a corner kick in the 95th minute and the Baroka were losing 1-0. Their goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke came forward for the set piece routine. The corner kick was curled in and the Orlando goalkeeper punched it out.
It wasn’t a good clearance and Masuluke went after it. He was at the edge of the penalty area and had his back to the goal when he attempted an audacious overhead kick. He seemed to have hit the ball right at the sweet spot as it soared above everyone else and ended up at the back of the net.
It is certainly a goal that would be a contender for the 2017 Puskas Award, which is given for the best goal of the year. This may not be the first time that a goalkeeper has scored in a set piece routine. Manchester United stalwart Peter Schmeichel had scored against Russian side Rotor Volgograd in the UEFA Cup while Everton’s Tim Howard famously scored from his own penalty area against Bolton. But there are few forwards who have scored goals as audacious as the one scored by Masuluke, let alone goalkeepers.