Afif, Kumagai scoop individual Asian accolades

HONG KONG: Qatar’s Akram Afif has been named Asian Player of the Year at the Asian soccer Confed­eration’s annual awards in Hong Kong on Monday, with Saki Kumagai from Japan claiming the women’s prize.

Afif becomes the second Qatari player in a very row to win the award, succeeding national Abdelkarim Hassan.

The Al Sadd striker was instrumental in his country’s title win at the Asian Cup finals within the United Arab Emirates at the beginning of the year and conjointly junction rectifier his club to the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League. Al Sadd can play within the Club tournament beginning next week in Qatar.

Afif won the award earlier than Iranian tournament goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and Japanese defender Tomoaki Makino, WHO helped Urawa Red Diamonds to the ultimate of the Asian Champions League.

Kumagai has had an interesting year for club and country, serving to Olympique geographic region win the French league and cup in addition because the Women’s Champions League.

The 29-year-old was conjointly a key member of the Japan squad that reached the knockout stage of the Women’s tournament in France and scooped the award for the primary time earlier than China’s Li Ying and Ashalata Devi Loitongbam from Asian nation.

With the highest men’s award out-of-bounds to anyone based mostly outside Asia, Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min was named the International Player of the Year whereas his 18-year-old national Lee Kang-in, WHO plays in centre for Valencia, was named the Youth Player of the Year.

Japan’s Asako Takakura won the women’s employment award for a record seventh time in eight years whereas the men’s title was conferred to Chung Jung-yong, WHO junction rectifier South Korea to the ultimate of the below twenty tournament earlier within the year.

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