Klok voted best goal of AFC Cup 2019
Kuala Lumpur: After nearly 350,000 votes, the best goal of AFC Cup 2019 has been decided with Marc Klok's rocket for PSM Makassar against Lao Toyota FC named the winning effort following the public poll on the-AFC.com.
Eight amazing efforts were put up for consideration from Dushanbe via Kuwait and Dhaka to Bogor, but it was a thunderbolt from PSM Makassar midfielder Marc Klok that has been selected by Asia's football fans as the best.
Abahani Dhaka Limited's Sohel Rana was edged out into second place, while Altymyrat Annadurdyyev of Altyn Asyr finished third.
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The Dutchman spoke exclusively to the-AFC.com after the vote concluded to reflect on his winning goal.
"We were playing Lao [Toyota FC] in our first home game in the AFC Cup and we were all buzzing to get a win," recalled Klok. "The AFC competition was a new experience for us, so we really wanted to get a good performance in – especially when it was our first AFC Cup game in Indonesia.
"I remember telling my friends before the game: "Today I will score a worldie".
"The game started, and I missed a penalty... I've never missed one before in my life! So during the whole game, I had that urge to make up for it. And then I had my moment.
"The ball came in from the left side. I controlled it with my right foot. And I didn't think further, I just pulled the trigger. I saw it fly in like a rocket – of course, I felt great. I will always have a special feeling about this goal.
"To be voted best goal of the year in such a great competitive competition as the AFC Cup makes it even more special to remember. But also it gives more motivation to taste more success in AFC Competitions.
"I want to give a huge thanks to Indonesia: For their support, their votes, for always being loyal to me and for always believing in me. It gives me strength, power and motivation to reach new levels."
While the 26-year-old and his teammates were eliminated at the ASEAN Zonal Semi-Final in this year's competition, Indonesia's 2018-19 Piala Indonesia winners will have a chance to go again as they enter the draw on Tuesday for the 2020 edition.
You can also check out the other seven nominees below!
Do Duy Manh
Hanoi FC vs NagaWorld FC
The first of a tournament-high 35 goals for Hanoi, Do Duy Manh opened his team's account with a pile-driver in a record-breaking 10-0 win over Naga World.
Qadsia SC vs Al Suwaiq
Yousef Naser's Ronaldo-esque free-kick put the Kuwaiti side a goal up in a 2-0 victory over Al Suwaiq on Matchday Two.
FC Istiklok vs Dordoi FC
Mirlan Murzaev rocketed home from fully 30 yards against Istiklol but Dordoi ultimately lost this Central Asian clash 4-1.
Mohammad Al Wakid
Al Jaish vs Al Jazeera
Few words are needed to describe this goal as Mohammad Al Wakid rounded off the Syrian side's 3-0 first-leg victory in the West Asia Zonal semi-finals.
FC Istiklol vs Altyn Asyr
The goal that ultimately sealed Altyn Asyr's knockout round place was a beauty as Altymyrat Annadurdyyev gave 'keeper Nikola Stosic no chance.
Nguyen Quang Hai
Hanoi FC vs Altyn Asyr
Free-kick specialist Nguyen Quang Hai needs no second invitation in and around the penalty area, as he proved in this 3-2 Inter-Zone semi-final first-leg win.
Abahani Limited Dhaka vs 4.25 SC
It was a campaign to remember for Abahani Limited Dhaka and Sohel Rana scored the pick of their goals in a thrilling 4-3 victory against 4.25 SC.
Thanks to all the fans of Asian football for voting, see you again at AFC Cup 2020!
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