AFC Player of the Year 2016 Omar Abdulrahman

said: “I would like to thank the people of the United Arab Emirates, this achievement is a national achievement. This award is for the UAE national team and Al Ain. It is the second year in a row that the award goes to a player from the UAE, it’s prove that we have talented players.”

Omar Abdulrahman, UAE National team and Al Ain player

The winners of the AFC Annual Awards 2016 are:

AFC Diamond of Asia Award: Issa Hayatou AFC Dream Asia Award: Qatar Football Association AFC Inspiring Member Association of the Year: Japan Football Association AFC Developing Member Association of the Year: All India Football Federation AFC Aspiring Member Association of the Year: Bhutan Football Federation AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Inspiring): Football Federation Australia AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Developing): Philippines Football Federation AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Aspiring): National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam AFC Coach of the Year (Men): Choi Kang Hee (KOR) AFC Coach of the Year (Women): Chan Yuen Ting (HKG) AFC Special Recognition Award: Makoto Teguramori (JPN) AFC Player of the Year (Men): Omar Abdulrahman (UAE) AFC Player of the Year (Women): Caitlin Foord (AUS) AFC Futsal Player of the Year: Aliasghar Hasanzadeh (IRN) AFC Youth Player of the Year (Men): Ritsu Doan (JPN) AFC Youth Player of the Year (Women): Fuka Nagano (JPN) AFC Asian International Player of the Year: Shinji Okazaki (JPN & Leicester City FC) The AFC Referees Special Award (Men): Alireza Faghani (IRN), Reza Sokhandan (IRN), Mohammad Reza Mansouri (IRN) The AFC Referees Special Award (Women): Kate Jacewicz (AUS), Renae Coghill (AUS), Uvena Fernandes (IND) The AFC Futsal Player of the Year, AFC Youth Player of the Year (Men and Women) and AFC Asian International Player of the Year – will be presented to the winners at specific occasions relevant to the individual recipients at an appropriate time and venue. The AFC Referees Special Awards were presented at the opening of the AFC Elite Referees and Assistant Referees Seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 20. See the-AFC.com for all reports on the award winners.

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