Foreign clubs sweep top individual awards

From left: S-League Player of the Year Fumiya Kogure of Albirex Niigata, Goal of the Year winner Shotaro Ihata (Albirex) and Young Player of the Year Azwan Ali of DPMM.
From left: S-League Player of the Year Fumiya Kogure of Albirex Niigata, Goal of the Year winner Shotaro Ihata (Albirex) and Young Player of the Year Azwan Ali of DPMM.PHOTO: S-LEAGUE

For the first time since the S-League began in 1996, all of Singapore football's top individual awards have been swept by foreign football clubs.

Midfielder Fumiya Kogure's splendid form, which helped Japanese side Albirex Niigata win both the Singapore Cup and League Cup, earned him the nod as the Player of the Year.

S-League champions DPMM were the big winners of the event held at the Marina Bay Sands yesterday.

The Bruneian team's Steve Kean was named the Coach of the Year while 23-year-old midfielder Azwan Ali earned the Young Player of the Year accolade.

DPMM's Brazilian striker Rafael Ramazotti clinched the Top Scorer award after his 21 strikes propelled his team to the title.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2015, with the headline 'Foreign clubs sweep top individual awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe