Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke is now focused on fighting for the number one jersey at the club after losing it to Virgil Vries.
Masuluke is back in the country after missing out on the FIFA Puskas Award to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. The awards evening was held in London and Masuluke had a night to remember, sitting next to legendary Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon while also taking pictures with some of the biggest stars on the planet.
The Giyani-born goalkeeper’s goal against Orlando Pirates in Polokwane last season – a bicycle kick at the death – was nominated amongst the best three goals in the world. He was a social media sensation, becoming famous all over the world for his incredible goal.
Despite doing well last season, Masuluke has lost his place to Namibian international Vries, who has claimed the number one jersey at Baroka after joining them from Maritzburg United. Masuluke is yet to play this season, a sign that it will not be easy to unseat Vries.
“I have to work for that one. I am ready to work hard. I will keep fighting for the jersey,” Masuluke tells KickOff.com.
He does, however, admit that it has not been easy adjusting his mind since returning from his trip to London.
“This was one of my best memories in life. It’s still difficult to adjust my mind,” he says.
“It’s back to work. I am trying hard to adjust and focus. It’s time to win silverware this season.”
League leaders Baroka face Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout last 16 on Sunday and they are determined to bounce back after Bidvest Wits handed them their first defeat of the season last weekend.
“We need to bounce back against Cape Town City. The Telkom Cup provides us with a chance to win something this season,” he adds.
Baroka host City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium at 15h30.