Ognenovski wins Asian Player of the Year award

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Australian defender Sasa Ognenovski has been named the Asian Player of the Year by the region’s football governing body.

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Published: Wed 24 Nov 2010, 10:26 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:33 AM

Ognenovski, the 31-year-old captain of South Korea’s Seongnam Ilhwa club, edged out four other finalists from Iran, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Attendance at the Asian Football Confederation’s awards ceremony Wednesday in Malaysia was a prerequisite for the award. Several candidates playing for European clubs were unable to make it.

Ognenovski helped his club win the AFC Champions League in Tokyo last week with a 3-1 victory over Iran’s Zob Ahan.

The four other finalists at the ceremony were two from Iran — Farhad Majidi and Farshid Talebi — as well as Kuwait’s Bader Al Mutawa and Bahrain’s Husain Salman.

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