Qatar footballer named Asia’s Male Player of the Year 2019

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Qatari forward Akram Afif was named Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Male Player of the Year in Hong Kong yesterday.

Al-Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez received the award on behalf of Afif, who is currently playing for Qatar in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup which is taking place in Qatar.

In a pre-recorded video, Afif thanked his colleagues and all those who supported him, as well as the AFC.

Afif helped his team Al-Sadd win the league title for the 14th time in its history, scoring 26 goals.

Cementing his position as player of the year, Afif scored twice yesterday to give Qatar a 4-2 win over Group A rivals the UAE. He put the home side ahead after 20 minutes and the Al-Sadd forward doubled the lead in the 28th minute after being awarded a penalty.

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