With the AFF Suzuki Cup now down to the last two teams, FOX Sports Asia takes a look at some of the players vying for the tournament MVP award.
Teerasil Dangda (Thailand)
The veteran hitman has done exactly what everyone expected him to do so far. A lethal finisher, Teerasil has taken chances with aplomb with a hat-trick in the opening game against Indonesia and two quality strikes in the first leg of the semifinal that gave Thailand breathing space against Myanmar. If he continues to show the same form in the final then it will be hard to look past him when it’s time to choose the MVP.
Boaz Solossa (Indonesia)
The Garudas frontman and skipper has been an inspiration for his team, running himself into the ground while valiantly leading the frontline for Alfred Riedl’s men. He has also chipped in with some crucial goals, while also having a big hand in Stefano Lilipaly’s vital opening goal during the tense semifinal draw against Vietnam in Hanoi that put Indonesia into the final.
Stefano Lilipaly (Indonesia)
Virtually unknown before the tournament, the half-Dutch Lilipaly has impressed during the Garudas roller-coaster run to the final, netting the all-important goal that saw them clinch second place in their group. His all-round play and willingness to have a shot completely justifies coach Alfred Riedl’s decision to include him.
Chanathip Songkrasin (Thailand)
The MVP from 2014 has continued where he left off, impressive if not spectacular performances in the groups games have seen Thailand progress to the final. Has not had the same impact as two years ago, but he is that good even when not at the top of his game that he is still a contender for a second consecutive MVP award.
Sarawut Masuk (Thailand)
The big winger has been in the right place at the right time for Thailand, netting the winning goals in two of the War Elephants group games, while also grabbing the crucial opener in the semifinal second leg against Myanmar with a thumping diving header. Without his important goals the Thais would may not have made it this far.