Safawi’s wonder goal voted ‘best curler’

PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) star Safawi Rasid’s (pic) wonder strike against Shandong Luneng in the AFC Champions League (ACL) has been voted as the best curler by Asian football fans.

Safawi scored the goal after he out muscled Shandong’s Wu Xinghan before sending a curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the box in their Group E match at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre Stadium on April 9 last year.

The poll run by the AFC saw Safawi’s goal garner 50% from 159,502 votes to finish ahead of Mame Thiam of Esteghlal who had 48% and former Chelsea star Oscar of Shanghai SIPG who could only get 1% of the votes.

Safawi said he was already over the moon last year when the same goal was voted as the second-best goal of the ACL last season and for it to be picked as best curling-goal finish is something beyond his wildest dream.

“It was not easy to score that goal. I was under pressure by the Shandong player and I even lost my balance and fell under the challenge but I still managed to curl the ball into the net... I’m not saying that I’m great to score the goal but it was a hard goal to score,” said the 23-year-old winger who’s elated with the international accolade.

“I think it’s my Ramadan month’s rezeki (good fortune) as I have been doing some charity work since the movement control order (MCO) and helping the less fortunate by donating food items. I believe God rewards kind deeds and this is the reward for my charity work.”

“I just donated and distributed food. I have managed to ease some of their burden in these difficult times. I don’t think I didn’t do much honestly. I hope I will be blessed to keep helping the needy.”

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