AFC Annual Awards AFC POTY: Six remain in fray

AFC News Nov 16, 2011: Kuala Lumpur: Six players are in the fray for the 2011 AFC Player of the Year award after AFC announced the third shortlist of contenders on Wednesday. Japan and Korea Republic have two players each while Iran and Uzbekistan have a player each in the list (AFC Annual Awards AFC POTY).

Japan striker Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda have retained their places like Koo Ja-cheol and Yeom Ki-hun from Korea Republic, Iran defender Hadi Aghily and former winner Server Djeparov (Uzbekistan) have also found a place in the top six. AFC has also announced the top three nominees for the 2011 AFC Women’s Player of the Year accolade.

Japan captain Homare Sawa, who won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this year, is among the nominees alongside her Nadeshiko teammates goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori and Aya Miyama. The AFC Player of the Year award will be presented at a grand ceremony on November 23, 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

LIST OF CONTENDERS FOR AFC PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2011

(in alphabetical order; list as of today)v

Hadi Aghily (Iran)
Keisuke Honda (Japan)
Koo Ja-cheol (Korea Republic)
Server Djeparov (Uzbekistan)
Shinji Kagawa (Japan)
Yeom Ki-hun (Korea Republic)

NOMINEES FOR AFC WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2011

(in alphabetical order)

Aya Miyama (Japan)
Ayumi Kaihori (Japan)
Homare Sawa (Japan)

Wednesday, 09 November 2011: Kuala Lumpur: AFC has announced the second shortlist of contenders for the 2011 AFC Player of the Year award. Japanese striker Shinji Kagawa, Iran’s Andranik Teymourian and Bahrain forward Ismaeel Abdullatif have found a place in the top ten. Japan, Iran and Korea Republic now have two players each in the list while Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan have a player each.

Hadi Aghili (Iran), Ismail Matar (UAE), Keisuke Honda (Japan), Koo Ja-cheol (Korea Republic), Mohammed Noor (Saudi Arabia) and former winner Server Djeparov (Uzbekistan) have maintained their places in the list. The AFC Player of the Year award will be presented at a grand ceremony on November 23, 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

LIST OF CONTENDERS FOR AFC PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2011

(in alphabetical order; list as of today)

Andranik Teymourian (Iran)
Hadi Aghily (Iran)
Ismaeel Abdullatif (Bahrain)
Ismail Matar (UAE)
Keisuke Honda (Japan)
Koo Ja-cheol (Korea Republic)
Mohammed Noor (Saudi Arabia)
Server Djeparov (Uzbekistan)
Shinji Kagawa (Japan)
Yeom Ki-hun (Korea Republic). —- AFC

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