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HOME > National Teams > Women's National Football Teams 2016 > NEWS > Japan wins Dream Asia and two others awards at AFC Annual Awards 2017

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Japan wins Dream Asia and two others awards at AFC Annual Awards 2017

30 November 2017

Japan wins Dream Asia and two others awards at AFC Annual Awards 2017

On Wednesday 29 November, the AFC Annual Awards 2017 was held in Bangkok, Thailand where Japan received the AFC awards in three categories. While the “Dream Asia” award was presented to the Japan Football Association (JFA), HORI Takafumi, coach of Urawa Red Diamonds, was named as the AFC Men’s Coach of the Year and TAKAKURA Asako, coach of Nadeshiko Japan, received the AFC Women’s Coach of the Year.

AFC Annual Awards 2017 List of Awards and Recipients

Diamond of Asia Yousuf Al Serkal (UAE)
Dream Asia Japan Football Association
Inspiring MA of the Year Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran
Developing MA of the Year Vietnam Football Federation
Aspiring MA of the Year Afghanistan Football Federation
President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football (Inspiring) Chinese Football Association
President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football (Developing) Football Association of Singapore
President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football (Aspiring) Bhutan Football Federation
Men’s Coach of the Year HORI Takafumi
(Japan/Urawa Red Diamonds)
Women’s Coach of the Year TAKAKURA Asako
(Japan/Nadeshiko Japan)
Player of the Year Omar Khrbin (SYR)
Women’s Player of the Year Samantha Kerr (AUS)
Futsal Player of the Year Aliasghar Hasanzadeh (IRN)
Youth Player of the Year (Men) Lee Seungwoo (KOR)
Youth Player of the Year (Women) Sung Hyang Sim (PRK)
Asian International Player of the Year Son Heung-min (KOR)
Referees Special Award Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)

Comments

TASHIMA Kohzo, President of the Japan Football Association
It is a great honour to receive the Dream Asia Award. Japan Football Association (JFA) have engaged in several projects for our society such as JFA Kokoro Project, JFA Green Project and JFA Kids Project. We regard these as our investment for the future of Japan, and further believe that these projects will strengthen our national team and accelerate the development of football in Japan. I am also confident that they will promote the development of all the sports in Japan. We appreciate all the hard work from those who are involved in the development of football in Japan. We will accelerate our efforts while we keep in mind all the support that we received from those people. I would like to express my gratitude again to the Asian Football Confederation for considering highly of our projects. We hope to expand these projects outside of Japan and in other Asian countries as well.

TAKAKURA Asako, Coach of Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team)
I am honoured to receive the AFC Women’s Coach of the Year award. I couldn’t have received this award without the support from our staff and the players who have held our national flag and fought together. I would like to thank them for all their support and hard work. And above all, this award goes to all the women’s team coaches who have worked hard every day to develop their players and gave them the chance to play for the national team. I acknowledge that I still have a lot of areas that I need to improve. Thus, I will keep doing my best in order to receive this award again. Lastly, I would like to thank once again all the support and help that I received from everyone who is involved in women’s football in Japan. 

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