ABU DHABI, Nov 29 - Qatari teenager Khalfan Ibrahim won the Asian Football
Confederation player of the year award on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old scooped the prize at the Emirates Palace hotel after a
Ibrahim, who plays for Qatari double champions Al Sadd, featured in all
Qatar's Asian Cup qualifiers as they won five of their six matches to qualify
for the July 2007 tournament.
He became the youngest player to win the award. Ibrahim was up against
Kuwaiti Badr Al Mutawa and Mohamed Al Shlhoub, of Saudi Arabia on the three-man
"It is a triumph for my team mates and my club," he said, after becoming the
first Qatari to win the award.
Players who ply their trade for non-Asian club teams were not in the running
as nominees were chosen based on performances over the past 12 months in
Australia won the team of the year in their inaugural year as an AFC nation
after abandoning Oceania.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter was also honoured at the opulent ceremony with
the title Diamond of Asia for services to Asian soccer.
"Diamonds are forever and my friendship for you in Asia is forever," Blatter
Asian Player of the Year winners
Nov 29 - Following is a list of winners of the Asian Football Confederation
player of the year since 1994.
(Tabulate by year player, nationality, team (country code))
2006 Khalfan Ibrahim, Qatar, Al Sadd
2005 Hamad Al-Montashari, Saudi Arabia, Al-Ittihad
2004 Ali Karimi, Iran, Al-Ahli
2003 Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iran, Hamburg SV
2002 Shinji Ono, Japan, Feyenoord
2001 Fan Zhiyi, China, Dundee
2000 Nawaf Al Temyat, Saudi Arabia, Al-Hilal
1999 Ali Daei, Iran, Hertha Berlin
1998 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japan, Perugia
1997 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japan, Bellmare Hiratsuka
1996 Khodadad Azizi, Iran, Bahman
1995 Masami Ihara, Japan, Yokohama Marinos
1994 Saeed Owairan, Saudi Arabia, Al-Shabab