PETALING JAYA: The football fraternity is buzzing with excitement over Pahang Herold Goulon’s (pic) wonder goal against Perak in the first leg FA Cup semi-final tie in Kuantan.
The Frenchman’s superb goal from way over the halfway line is seen as a worthy nominee for the 2019 FIFA Puskas Award.
The former Blackburn Rovers centreback, who recently celebrated his 31st birthday on June 12, took a free-kick from 65 metres and it went past Perak’s goalkeeper Hafizul Hakim, who couldn’t reach the ball in time.
International stars like Xabi Alonso, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Rivaldo, Dejan Stankovic have scored scorchers from the halfway line, but Goulon’s goal has been set apart from the rest because it was taken from a dead ball situation.
Pahang manager Datuk Suffian Abdul Rahman said they would nominate Goulon’s goal for the award following overwhelming responses from local and international media.
Even Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his thumbs up.
“Goulon told me that it’s been crazy. His phone has been ringing all the time,” said Suffian.
“We’ll provide all details to FAM (Football Association of Malaysia). We are happy for Goulon. We hope this goal will put Malaysia on the world map,” said Suffian.
Goulon’s nomination for the award will not be the first. FAM are also considering Syahmi Safari’s wonder goal at the AFF Suzuki Cup last year for the award.
The goal from the 21-year-old Selangor player was scored against Thailand at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok last December and helped Harimau Malaya reach the final, where they eventually lost to Vietnam.In 2016, former Penang star Faiz Subri was nominated and joined the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden and James Rodriguez of Colombia in winning the award.