PETALING JAYA: Penang footballer Mohd Faiz Subri, who won the 2016 FIFA Puskas award with a scintillating free kick goal in a Malaysian league match last year, showed that it was no fluke when he hit another spectacular bender from about 40 metres away last night.
The free kick left the crowd at the Stadium Hang Jebat in Melaka roaring in awe as soon as the ball curled its way to hit the top left corner of the goal post before rebounding towards teammate S Kumaahran who headed it into the net.
The game ended with visitors Penang defeating Melaka United 3-2 in the Super League match.
When contacted today, Faiz, 30, remained modest about his latest feat, a video of which has been gaining views on social media.
“I was focussed on finding the goal when I made the shot,” he said of his kick just metres away from the field’s centre circle.
The attacking midfielder added that he intended for it to curve the way it did and had practised rigorously to perfect the art of dead ball shooting.
Asked if he felt vindicated about his talent after some sceptics had called his award-winning goal last year a fluke, Faiz said: “It is up to people and the fans to comment what they want.”
“For me my personal feeling (of accomplishment) is not important. What is important is that we ensured a victory for our team yesterday,” he said.
A video clip of his free kick on Feb 16 last year uploaded on Fifa’s official Youtube account has garnered more than 4 million views, while other uploads of the goal on the Internet and various social media platforms have generated hundreds of thousands of views as well.
The goal scored during a Penang versus Pahang Super League match at the City Stadium in George Town was voted goal of the year by the world’s football governing body.
Faiz received his Fifa Puskas award during the 2016 FIFA Awards event held in Zurich, Switzerland, on Jan 9 from Brazilian football legend and 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldo.