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Nguyen Quang Hai and Park Hang-seo named winners at AFF Awards Night 2019
  • | Nhan Dan | November 09, 2019 07:37 AM

Vietnam clinched the two most important awards at the AFF Awards Night 2019 in Hanoi on November 8, as midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai and coach Park Hang-seo of the Vietnam men’s national team were named the AFF Player of the Year (Men) and the AFF Coach of the Year (Men).



AFF President Khiev Sameth presents the awards to Nguyen Quang Hai.

Quang Hai surpassed Thai star Chanathip Songkrasin to take the top honour for the first time. The Hanoi FC player played an indispensable role as Vietnam won the 2018 AFF Cup trophy, made the last four at the 2018 Asian Games and qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup quarterfinals.

In the “AFF Coach of the Year (Men)” category, it came as little surprise as Park Hang-seo beat Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe to claim the honour. The Republic of Korea tactician helped Vietnam to quench their long-lasting thirst for the AFF Cup trophy and advanced to the Asian Cup semifinals for the first time in history. Since taking charge of the Vietnamese team in late 2017, Park has never been defeated while confronting the Southeast Asian opponents.


Tran Quoc Tuan, permanent vice president of the VFF and president of the AFC's competition committee, presents the award to Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo.


Vietnam’s joy was multiplied as the Golden Dragons were named the AFF National Team of the Year (Men) following their triumphant 2018 AFF Cup journey as well as their amazing 2019 Asian Cup run. In addition, Tran Van Vu became the first Vietnamese futsal player to be honoured at the AFF Awards with the AFF Futsal Player of the Year title.


Captain Que Ngoc Hai represents the Vietnamese squad to receive the "AFF National Team of the Year (Men)" award.


Concerning the AFF’s best XI, Vietnam had three representatives, namely Nguyen Quang Hai (midfielder), Dang Van Lam (goalkeeper) and Que Ngoc Hai (defender), while the remainders included Syahmi bin Safari (Malaysia), Safuwan Baharudin (Singapore), Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri (Thailand), Sanrawat Detchmir (Thailand), Syamer Kutty Abba (Malaysia), Riko Simanjuntak (Indonesia), Stephan Schrock (Philippines) and Talaha (Malaysia).

Thailand dominated the awards categories for women, with Pitsamai Sornsai being named the AFF Player of the Year and Nuengrutai Srathongvian winning the AFF Coach of the Year award. Besides, the Thailand women’s team were honoured as the AFF National Team of the Year.

Syahmi Safari (Malaysia) was named for the “AFF Best Goal in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018” award with his strike against Thailand in the second leg of the semifinal which ended up in a 2-2 draw and sent Malaysia into the final match thanks to the away goals rule.

The winners of the AFF Awards 2019:

AFF Player of the Year (Men): Nguyen Quang Hai (Vietnam)

AFF Player of the Year (Women): Pitsamai Sornsai (Thailand)

AFF Coach of the Year (Men): Park Hang-seo (Vietnam)

AFF Coach of the Year (Women): Nuengrutai Srathongvian (Thailand)

AFF National Team of the Year (Men): Vietnam

AFF National Team of the Year (Women): Thailand

AFF Futsal Players of the Year: Tran Van Vu

AFF Futsal Team of the Year: Thailand

AFF Young Player of the Year: Suphanat Mueanta (Thailand)

AFF Best Goal in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: Syahmi Safari (Malaysia)

AFF Referee of the Year (Men): Sivakorn Pu-Udom (Thailand)

AFF Referee of the Year (Women): Katherine Margaret Jacewicz (Australia)

AFF Assistant Referee of the Year (Men): Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (Singapore)

AFF Assistant Referee of the Year (Women): Supawan Hinthong (Thailand)

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