Domestic Competitions ● Nov 08, 2022

Best of 2022 honoured at FAS Awards Night

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Kodai Tanaka and Manami Fukuzawa bagged the SPL and WPL Player of the Year prizes respectively at the annual ceremony

 


Winners of the the AIA Singapore Premier League and Deloitte Women’s Premier League awards at the FAS Awards Night 2022, 8 November 2022

 

SINGAPORE, 8 NOVEMBER 2022 – Outstanding individuals from the 2022 domestic season were recognised on Tuesday evening at the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Awards Night 2022 – the premier annual event that brings the local football fraternity together.

 

Held at Orchard Hotel, it was a night to remember for Kodai Tanaka and Manami Fukuzawa, who took home the biggest prizes – the AIA Player of the Year and Deloitte Player of the Year awards respectively. With 33 goals and 10 assists in 28 appearances, 23-year-old Tanaka helped to fire Albirex Niigata FC (S) to their fifth AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) title. A stalwart of the local football scene, Fukuzawa, 30, hit eight goals to help Tanjong Pagar United FC finish a creditable third place in the Deloitte Women’s Premier League (WPL).

 

Tanaka’s win completed a clean sweep of this year’s major SPL awards for Albirex Niigata (S). Ilhan Fandi, 20, was named the AIA Young Player of the Year following a campaign that reaped 17 goals – one of which was a stunning overhead kick that bagged him the SELECT Goal of the Year prize as well. Kazuaki Yoshinaga, 54, picked up his third POLAR Mineral Water Coach of the Year award to go level with Vorawan Chitavanich and Richard Bok as the coaches with the most wins in this category.

 

Tampines Rovers FC forward Boris Kopitović, 27, received his SPL Top Scorer prize after plundering an incredible 35 goals in 28 matches, while Geylang International FC goalkeeper Zaiful Nizam, 35, kept nine clean sheets to earn the SPL Golden Glove award. The duo, along with Tanaka and Ilhan, were also named in the AIA SPL Team of the Year.

 

The final nominees and eventual winners for all the SPL awards were selected by a judging panel that includes the current Head Coaches and Team Captains from the eight SPL clubs participating in the 2022 season, as well as former professional footballer and current SPL pundit Rhysh Roshan Rai and four representatives from separate media outlets.

 

There was double joy for Tanjong Pagar United in the WPL awards as Fukuzawa’s team-mate, Haziqah Haszman, was named Young Player of the Year. The goalkeeper, 19, kept four clean sheets in a breakout season that saw her handed a senior international debut. The Coach of the Year accolade went to Yeong Sheau Shyan, 44, who guided Lion City Sailors FC to their maiden title amid a remarkable unbeaten season. Singapore star Izzati Rosni, 23, who fired in 10 goals to win the Top Scorer award, also took home the Goal of the Year prize. At the other end of the pitch, team-mate Beatrice Tan, 30, accumulated six clean sheets to win the Golden Glove award.

 

As always, the men in black were recognised in the SELECT Referee of the Year and Assistant Referee of the Year categories, with the awards going to Ahmad A’Qashah and Ronnie Koh Min Kiat respectively.

 

The return of all other domestic competitions this year meant that there were also awards on offer in the Singapore Football Leagues (SFL) 1 and 2. Fariz Faizal and Sukhvinder Singh were named Player of the Year and Coach of the Year after helping Singapore Khalsa Association to the SFL 1 crown, with Fariz’s 12 goals also bagging him the Top Scorer prize. SFL 2 champions Jungfrau Punggol FC also collected both top prizes as Sadik Said and Ahmad Salihin were named Player of the Year and Coach of the Year respectively. A remarkable 20-goal haul earned Singapore Cricket Club’s Chang Guo Guang the Top Scorer accolade.

 

A total of 14 FAS Recognition Awards were also handed out. Recipients included Singapore football’s latest international centurion, Hassan Sunny, as well as retired Lions Baihakki Khaizan and Hafiz Sujad.

 

Finally, the importance of the media in generating awareness of local football with their tireless coverage was recognised and the honours for Story of the Year and Photo of the Year went to Jared Gallagher of SoccerKakis and Chua Boon Ping of Junpiter Futbol respectively.

 

The FAS congratulates all winners from the FAS Awards Night 2022. Please see below for the full list of recipients.

 

ANNEX A: Full list of recipients for FAS Awards Night 2022

AIA Singapore Premier League 
Award  Nominee  Club/Affiliation  Recipient
AIA Player of the Year Kodai Tanaka Albirex Niigata FC (S) Kodai Tanaka
Maxime Lestienne Lion City Sailors FC
Boris Kopitović Tampines Rovers FC
AIA Young Player of the Year Kodai Tanaka Albirex Niigata FC (S) Ilhan Fandi
Ilhan Fandi Albirex Niigata FC (S)
Ryoya Taniguchi Balestier Khalsa FC
POLAR Mineral Water Coach of the Year Hasrin Jailani Tanjong Pagar United FC Kazuaki Yoshinaga
Mohd Noor Ali Geylang International FC
Kazuaki Yoshinaga Albirex Niigata FC (S)
SELECT Goal of the Year André Moritz Hougang United FC Ilhan Fandi
Kyoga Nakamura Tampines Rovers FC
Ilhan Fandi Albirex Niigata FC (S)
SPL Top Scorer N.A. Tampines Rovers FC Boris Kopitović
SPL Golden Glove N.A. Geylang International FC Zaiful Nizam
SINGAPORE POOLS Fair Play Award N.A. N.A. Albirex Niigata FC (S)
AIA SPL Team of the Year N.A. Geylang International FC Zaiful Nizam
Albirex Niigata FC (S) Masaya Idetsu
Geylang International FC Joshua Pereira
Lion City Sailors FC Pedro Henrique
Lion City Sailors FC Diego Lopes
Geylang International FC Vincent Bezecourt
Tampines Rovers FC Kyoga Nakamura
Lion City Sailors FC Maxime Lestienne
Albirex Niigata FC (S) Ilhan Fandi
Albirex Niigata FC (S) Kodai Tanaka
Tampines Rovers FC Boris Kopitović
Deloitte Women’s Premier League
Deloitte Player of the Year Izzati Rosni Lion City Sailors FC Manami Fukuzawa
Haziqah Haszman Tanjong Pagar United FC
 Manami Fukuzawa Tanjong Pagar United FC
Young Player of the Year Haziqah Haszman Tanjong Pagar United FC Haziqah Haszman
Dhaniyah Qasimah Hougang United FC
Dorcas Chu Lion City Sailors FC
Coach of the Year Yeong Sheau Shyan Lion City Sailors FC Yeong Sheau Shyan
Nahar Daud Albirex Niigata FC (S)
Samawira Basri Tanjong Pagar United FC
Goal of the Year Nur Emilia Natasha Albirex Niigata FC (S) Izzati Rosni
Izzati Rosni Lion City Sailors FC
Stephanie Dominguez Still Aerion Women’s FC
Top Scorer N.A. Lion City Sailors FC Izzati Rosni
Golden Glove Award N.A. Lion City Sailors FC Beatrice Tan
Referee Awards
SELECT Referee of the Year Ahmad A’Qashah N.A. Ahmad A’Qashah
Jansen Foo N.A.
Andrea Verolino N.A.
SELECT Assistant Referee of the Year Andy Tan Mint Land N.A. Ronnie Koh Min Kiat
Lim Kok Heng N.A.
Ronnie Koh Min Kiat N.A.
Media Awards
Story of the Year Making A Name for Himself, Carrying on the Family Legacy – 19-year-old Ilhan Fandi a Revelation for Albirex Matthew Mohan (Channel NewsAsia) Jared Gallagher (SoccerKakis)
My Cambodian Diary – Reflections On the AFF U-23 Championship  Jared Gallagher (SoccerKakis)
How Lion City Sailors are outspending other Singapore Premier League clubs David Lee, Deepanraj Ganesan, Anton Dzeviatau and Christopher Udemans (The Straits Times)
Photo of the Year An Unforgettable Victory Geylang International FC Chua Boon Ping (Junpiter Futbol)
Perfectly Balanced, As All Things Should Be Andrew Him (One Sports Photography)
The Real Opponent Chua Boon Ping (Junpiter Futbol)
Singapore Football League 1
Player of the Year Ryson Yap Katong FC Fariz Faizal
Fariz Faizal Singapore Khalsa Association
Zulkiffli Hassim Yishun Sentek Mariners FC
Coach of the Year Sukhvinder Singh Singapore Khalsa Association Sukhvinder Singh
Sivaraj Geevananthan Katong FC
Rosman Sulaiman Warwick Knights FC
Top Scorer N.A. Singapore Khalsa Association Fariz Faizal
Fair Play Award N.A. N.A. Singapore Khalsa Association
Singapore Football League 2
Player of the Year Ashrul Syafeeq Police SA Sadik Said
Sadik Said Jungfrau Punggol FC
Chang Guo Guang Singapore Cricket Club
Coach of the Year Nas Nasta’in Admiralty CSN Ahmad Salihin
Amos Boon Singapore Cricket Club
Ahmad Salihin Jungfrau Punggol FC
Top Scorer N.A. Singapore Cricket Club Chang Guo Guang
Fair Play Award N.A. N.A. Singapore Cricket Club
FAS Centre of Excellence Under-21 League
Top Scorer N.A. Tampines Rovers FC Ali Manaf
Hougang United FC Farhan Zulkifli
Tampines Rovers FC Neel Manoj Nannat
Albirex Niigata FC (S) Nicky Melvin Singh
FAS Recognition Awards
FAS Special Award, Sporting Excellence in Singapore Football (100 National Team Caps) N.A. Singapore Men’s ‘A’ National Team Player Hassan Sunny
FAS Special Award, Sporting Excellence in Singapore Football N.A. Singapore Men’s ‘A’ National Team Player Baihakki Khaizan
N.A. Singapore Men’s ‘A’ National Team Player Hafiz Sujad
For Contribution to Singapore’s Pillars of Football – Capability Development N.A. Referee Assessor and Instructor Aravinthan s/o Thatchavamoorthi
N.A. Referees’ Committee (Member), Referee Assessor and Instructor Mohd Ali Bin Samad
N.A. FAS and SPL Volunteer Hidayah Mohd Ali
N.A. FAS and SPL Volunteer Marianah Kadir
N.A. SPL Club General Manager, Hougang United FC Matthew Tay
For Contribution to Singapore’s Pillars of Football – Vibrant Football Culture N.A. Singapore Premier League Albirex Niigata FC (S)
N.A. Singapore National Teams Fan Group SingaBrigade
N.A. Singapore Football League 2 Singapore Cricket Club
N.A. FAS Partner Ministry of Education – Physical, Sports & Outdoor Education Branch
N.A. SPL Fan, Geylang International FC Rafe Yusof
N.A. SPL Fan, Balestier Khalsa FC Abdul Salleh Suni

 

 

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