AFC honours its best. Abdulrahman, Foord and Okazaki take top awards

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By Paul Nicholson in Abu Dhabi

December 2 – A sparkling awards evening at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, broadcast live on television, saw the UAE’s star attacking midfielder Omar Abdulrahman win the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year award, while Australia’s Caitlin Foord won the women’s award. The Asian International Player of the Year went to Japan and Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki.

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AFC warms up nominees for big awards night with an SR reminder

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By Paul Nicholson in Abu Dhabi

December 1 – With the leaders and achievers of Asian football gathering in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Asian Football Confederation’s glamorous Annual Awards night at the Emirates Palace, the UAE gathered its own stars alongside the AFC Award nominees to raise the awareness of disability football as part of its social responsibility programme.

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AFC reschedules FIFA Council vote to May Congress

AFC headquarter KL

November 23 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has cancelled its re-arranged extraordinary Congress, arranged principally to elect its FIFA Council members, and will now hold that vote at its Ordinary Congress in Bahrain in May 2017, in conjunction with the FIFA Congress being hosted in Bahrain.

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AFC bans Wanderley and Al Nasr club over fake passport

Wanderley Santos Monteiro Junior

November 14 – A bizarre case of deliberate deception has reached its conclusion with Brazil-born forward Santos Monteiro Wanderley receiving a backdated three-month ban and his United Arab Emirates club Al Nasr thrown out of the Asian Champions League for two years after both were found guilty of faking documents so he could play in the tournament.

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AFC sets Feb date for second attempt at FIFA Council elections

AFC headquarter KL

October 31 – The Asian Football Confederation has rescheduled its Extraordinary Congress to elect candidates for the FIFA Council, postponed in equally extraordinary circumstances in protest at FIFA’s late decision to bar Saoud Al Mohannadi, vice-president of the Qatar Football Association, from standing as a result of an on-going ethics investigation and recommendation of a minimum two-year ban, for February 28 at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

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