Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns has been nominated for another Fifa Puskas Award. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns has been nominated for another Fifa Puskas Award. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns star Hlompho Kekana nominated for top Fifa award

By AFP Time of article published Nov 25, 2020

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LONDON - Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana star Hlompho Kekana has been nominated for a Fifa award.

The central midfielder’s thunderous strike against against Cape Town City in August 2019 has been nominated for a Fifa Puskas award. His goal was selected along with 10 other stunning efforts.

Kekana was also nominated for the award in 2016, which Malaysian striker Mohd Faiz Subri eventually won.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and coach Hans-Dieter Flick have been named on the shortlist for 'The Best Fifa Football Awards' after their treble-winning campaign last season.

Lewandowski, top scorer for Bayern in the Champions League (15 goals) and Bundesliga (34), was a firm favourite for the Ballon d'Or award before it was scrapped this year for the first time in its 64-year history because of the novel coronavirus.

However, the Polish striker can still lay claim to being the best player in the world if he picks up the Fifa award, which will be presented on December 17.

Lewandowski's former teammate and current Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara was also nominated along with annual regulars - Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Joining them on the shortlist are Champions League runners-up Paris St Germain's forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while Liverpool's Premier League winning trio of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane also made the cut.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the Premier League's player of the year last season, also made the shortlist as did Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

Flick, who took charge in November last year, was nominated for the best men's coach along with Liverpool's Juergen Klopp, Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa, Real's Zinedine Zidane and Sevilla's Europa League-winning coach Julen Lopetegui.

Among the women's best player nominees are European and French champions Olympique Lyonnais' captain Wendie Renard and former team mate Lucy Bronze, who moved to Manchester City.

Arsenal's free-scoring Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema also made the shortlist along with Sam Kerr who won the FA Women's Super League last season with Chelsea.

Lyon's Jean-Luc Vasseur is nominated for the best women's coach along with Chelsea's Emma Hayes and last year's runner-up Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.

Wiegman was recently appointed England women's new coach and will replace Phil Neville in September 2021.

Fans will also be allowed to make their vote count with public voting on Fifa's website open until December 9. The top three finalists in each category will be announced on December 11.

The Best FIFA Men's Player:

Thiago Alcantara (Spain/Bayern Munich and Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (France/Paris St Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Neymar (Brazil/Paris St Germain), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands/Liverpool).

The Best Fifa Women's Player:

Lucy Bronze (England/Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City), Delphine Cascarino (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway/Barcelona), Pernille Harder (Denmark/VfL Wolfsburg and Chelsea), Jennifer Hermoso (Spain/Barcelona), Ji So-yun (South Korea/Chelsea), Sam Kerr (Australia/Chelsea), Saki Kumagai (Japan/Olympique Lyonnais), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany/Olympique Lyonnais), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal), Wendie Renard (France/Olympique Lyonnais).

AFP

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