Shahril, Raddy win big at AFF Awards

Singapore's 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup-winning side were recognised at the AFF Awards on Wednesday after Shahril Ishak and Radojko Avramovic won the top prizes.

Shahril Ishak, Radojko Avramovic, Singapore
Gabriel Tan

By Gabriel Tan

Shahril, who was captain of the Lions side and was also named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, was named Player of the Year in the men's category, while Avramovic, who has since parted ways with the side, won Coach of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony.

Apart from the duo, LIONSXII centre-back Baihakki Khaizan and Tampines Rovers captain Mustafic Fahrudin were also recognised by being named in the Best XI, along with Shahril.

Speaking after winning the award, Shahril admitted 2012 had been a memorable year for Singaporean football as the national team won Southeast Asia's biggest international prize for a record fourth time.

"It was a great year for Singapore," he said in a statement released by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on Wednesday evening. "Especially so when we [won] the AFF Suzuki Cup for a record fourth time last December.

"It is a great honour for me, Bai[hakki] and Mustafic to have been named in the first XI of this region.

"We will continue to work hard, build on our success and strive to further develop and improve Singapore football."

Shahril had to see off a number of equally-outstanding candidates to win the award, given the other nominees were Thailand and Muangthong United striker Teerasil Dangda, Philippines captain Emelio Caligdong and Myanmar's rising star Kyi Lin.

Meanwhile, Avramovic pipped Thailand's Winfried Schafer, Azkals boss Michael Weiss and K. Rajagobal of Malaysia to win in his category, and he admitted it was a perfect way to end off his nine-year spell in charge of Singapore.

"I am deeply honoured to be awarded the coach of the year with Singapore national football team," he said.

"2012 was a memorable year as Singapore achieved a record fourth AFF [ASEAN Football Federation] title. It was a great nine-year tenure with the Lions.

"I am confident that Singapore football will continue to progress in the years ahead."

Singapore were also winners in the Referee of the Year (Men's) and Assistant Referee of the Year (Men's) awards as Abdul Malik and Tang Yew Mun were crowned winners in those respective categories, while the Lions were crowned National Team of the Year (Men's).

2013 AFF Awards Winners List

Assistant Referee of the Year (Women's): Widiya Habibah Shamsuri (Malaysia)

Assistant Referee of the Year (Men's): Tang Yew Mun (Singapore)

Referee of the Year (Women's): Pannipar Kamueng (Thailand)

Referee of the Year (Men's): Abdul Malik Bashir (Singapore)

Youth Player of the Year: Keoviengphet Lithideth (Laos)

Futsal Player of the Year: Suphawut Thuenklang (Thailand)

Futsal Team of the Year: Thailand

Life Service Award: His Excellency Tengku Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Rithauddeen

ASEAN Goodwill Award: His Royal Highness Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah

Member Association of the Year: Myanmar Football Federation

National Team of the Year (Women's): Vietnam

National Team of the Year (Men's): Singapore

Coach of the Year (Women's): Kumada Yoshinori (Myanmar)

Coach of the Year (Men's): Radojko Avramovic (Singapore)

AFF Best XI: Kawin Thamsatchanan (Thailand), Nguyen Minh Duc (Vietnam), Baihakki Khaizan (Singapore), Panupong Wongsa (Thailand), Theerathon Bunmathan (Singapore), Kyi Lin (Myanmar), Mustafic Fahrudin (Singapore), Safiq Rahim (Malaysia), Anucha Kitpongsri (Thailand), Shahril Ishak (Singapore), Teerasil Dangda (Thailand)

Best Goal in 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup: Teerasil Dangda (Thailand) vs Malaysia - Semi-final 1st Leg

Player of the Year (Women's): Dang Thi Kieu Trinh (Vietnam)

Player of the Year (Men's): Shahril Ishak (Singapore)

Image courtesy of Muhammad Yusuf (FAS)

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