Afif among nominees for AFC Player of the Year
Qatar's forward was a key player in his country's triumph at the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year.
Akram Afif, one of the stars of Qatar’s Asian Cup triumph, is among the nominees for the AFC Player of the Year award, to be presented in Hong Kong on December 2.
Iran goalkeeper Ali Reza Safarbeiranvand and Japan’s defender Tomoaki Makino are the other nominees, the Asian Football Confederation stated in a release.
Afif had stood out in Qatar’s run to the title in the Asian Cup at UAE in February, providing ten assists, the most in the tournament’s history. He has also been a consistent performer for Qatar’s league champions Al Sadd, standing out in their run to the semifinal of the AFC Champions League.
Ali Reza had cornered the spotlight by saving a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. He repeated the feat against Oman in the AFC Asian Cup, taking Iran to the semifinal.
Makino’s commanding presence in the defence had helped Urawa Red Diamonds keep six clean sheets en-route to reaching the 2019 AFC Champions League final. He also played a vital role in leading the Samurai Blue to their fifth final of the AFC Asian Cup.
China PR’s Li Ying, who was part of the team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, Indian stalwart Loitongbam Ashalata Devi and Japan’s captain Saki Kumagai are the frontrunners for the AFC Woman Player of the Year.
|AFC Player of the Year (Men)|
|Ali Reza Safarbeiranvand (Persepolis FC and IRN)|
|Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Red Diamonds and JPN)|
|Akram Hassan Afif (Al Saad and QAT)|
|AFC Player of the Year (Women)|
|Li Ying (Guangdong Huijun FC and CHN)|
|Ashalata Devi Loitongbam (Sethu FC and IND)|
|Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyonnais and JPN)|
|AFC Asian International Player of the Year|
|Sardar Azmoun (IRN)|
|Makoto Hasebe (JPN)|
|Son Heung-min (KOR)|
|AFC Futsal Player of the Year|
|Mahdi Javid (IRN)|
|Tomoki Yoshikawa (JPN)|
|Yushi Sekiguchi (JPN)|
|AFC Youth Player of the Year (Women)|
|Karly Roestbakken (AUS)|
|Wang Linlin (CHN)|
|Jun Endo (JPN)|
|AFC Youth Player of the Year (Men)|
|Hiroki Abe (JPN)|
|Lee Kang-in (KOR)|
|Doan Van Hau (VIE)|
|AFC Coach of the Year (Women)|
|Katayoun Khosrowyar (IRN)|
|Asako Takakura (JPN)|
|Nuengrutai Srathongvian (THA)|
|AFC Coach of the Year (Men)|
|Tsuyoshi Otsuki (JPN)|
|Go Oiwa (JPN)|
|Chung Jung-yong (KOR)|