November 29 – Omar Khribin and Samantha Kerr have been named this year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Players of the Year in the men’s and women’s categories. Click here to watch the Awards highlights.
The two winners were revealed at a glitzy ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday after both enjoyed a stellar 12 months for their respective clubs and countries.
Khribin, who edged out fellow nominees Omar Abdulrahman from the United Arab Emirates and rising Chinese star Wu Lei, landed the award following a superb season during which he scored goals aplenty for Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal and Syria.
In the women’s award Australia’s Samantha Kerr earned plenty of plaudits thanks to a string of impressive displays for American National Women’s Soccer League outfit Sky Blue FC and Australia. North Korean striking sensation Sung Hyang-sim and Japan and Olympique Lyonnais defender Saki Kumagai had also been in contention.
Elsewhere, Takafumi Hori won the Men’s Coach of the Year award after guiding Urawa Red Diamonds to AFC Champions League glory last weekend, while Tottenham Hotspur and Korea Republic favourite Son Heung-min was named the AFC Asian International Player of the Year.
Full list of award winners
AFC Diamond of Asia: Yousuf Al Serkal (UAE)
AFC Dream Asia Award: Japan Football Association
AFC Member Association of the Year
Inspiring: Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran
Developing: Vietnam Football Federation
Aspiring: Afghanistan Football Federation
AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football
Inspiring Member Association: Chinese Football Association
Developing Member Association: Football Association of Singapore
Aspiring Member Association: Bhutan Football Federation
AFC Futsal Player of the Year: Aliasghar Hasanzadeh (IRN)
AFC Coach of the Year
Women: Asako Takakura (JPN)
Men: Takafumi Hori (JPN)
AFC Women’s Player of the Year: Samantha Kerr (AUS)
AFC Player of the Year: Omar Khribin (SYR)
Awards not presented in Bangkok:
AFC Referees Special Award: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
AFC Youth Player of the Year
Women: Sung Hyang-sim (PRK)
Men: Lee Seung-woo (KOR)
AFC Asian International Player of the Year: Son Heung-min (KOR)
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