Qatar in contention for two major AFC Awards
Muscat: The world of football is eagerly waiting to celebrate the achievements of Asian football at the AFC Annual Awards Muscat 2018 and the fervor surrounding the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) on Wednesday.
Qatar Football Association is nominated for the member Association of the Year award, given to the continent’s most aspiring, developing and inspiring football Association. QFA is competing with China Football Association (CFA) and Japan Football Association (JFA) for the prestigious award.
Qatar national team defender Abdulkraim Hassan was announced earlier as one of the three finalists for the 2018 AFC Player of the Year award.
The final shortlist included Hassan alongside Kashima Antlers’ Yuma Suzuki and Kento Misao, who were at the heart of the J League side’s first-ever AFC Champions League title.
The last Qatari player to win the award was striker Khalfan Ibrahim who named Asian player of the year in 2006.
The 25-year-old, who plays for QNB Stars League giants Al Sadd, was the captain of the national side that finished fourth in the AFC U-23 Championship held in Qatar.
The ceremony will be attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, QFA chief Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, and Sports Minister at the Ministry of Sports Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed bin Said Al Mardhouf Al Saadi, it has been confirmed.
Football officials from 46 member countries of AFC along with dignitaries from Oman will also be attendance.
QFA officials will also attend the awards ceremony.