Kuala Lumpur - Midfielder Mohamad Faiz Subri said Thursday
the extraordinary swerving free kick he scored for Penang state in the
Malaysian Super League was no fluke, after the goal prompted comparisons to
Roberto Carlos' thunderbolt for Brazil against France in 1997.
Footage of the the 28-year-old scoring Tuesday from a free
kick 35 metres out in the 62nd minute has gone viral and made him an
Many fans on social media compared Faiz's wonder strike with
the goal by former Brazil and Real Madrid star Carlos.
"What a goal by Faiz Subri for Penang! ... like Roberto
Carlos. GK did not know to come or stay," one Twitter user posted.
Faiz's shot swerved from left to the top right of the net
after sending the hapless Pahang state goalkeeper the wrong way.
"This is no fluke goal. My coach makes me practise the
kick after the usual training. I intend to score more of such goals God
willing," Faiz told AFP.
Recalling the moments before the goal, his second in the 4-1
win over Pahang, Faiz said: "I looked for a target area, was calm and used
the outer side of my right leg to fire a powerful shot at goal."
"I am happy that I have made Malaysia proud and it is a
big honour to be mentioned with the likes of legend Roberto Carlos," he
Carlos scored with a notorious banana strike from a 35 metre
free kick with no direct sight of goal.
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Faiz could now even be a contender for the coveted FIFA
Puskas Award for goal of the year next January.
"This is an award every football player longs for. I
hope I will be short-listed," he said.
Gary Nair, Penang FA vice-president, said Penang Chief
Minister Lim Guan Eng would award Faiz $2,400 for the outstanding goal, and
described it as "the most magnificent" he had seen in Malaysian
Lim had earlier posted on Twitter: "Definitely the best
M'sian free kick goal ever n best in the world so far for 2016. Penang football
team making waves."
Meanwhile national coach Ong Kim Swee hailed Faiz's goal,
saying it was a long awaited "magic tonic" to rejuvenate ailing
Malaysian national football.
"It is not a fluke goal. I will be calling Faiz to join
the national team for training to play in the World Cup qualifier against Saudi
Arabia on March 24," he said.
Malaysia's national side has plunged to 171 in the FIFA
world football rankings -- its worst ever ranking, down from 79 in the world in
Critics blame the country's football association, saying it
has failed to invest in youth development programmes or to protect playing
fields from developers.For
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