IR Iran's Tayebi takes top scorer award
Taipei: Islamic Republic of Iran star Hossein Tayebi emerged top scorer at the AFC Futsal Championship 2018 with a haul of 14 goals.
Tayebi edged two-time AFC Most Valuable Player of The Year and teammate, Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh who scored two goals against Japan to finish second with 12.
It was Tayebi's second top scorer award following his first win four years ago in Vietnam.
Tayebi was instrumental throughout the tournament as he scored hat-tricks against Myanmar, China and Thailand. His last goal of the tournament against The Samurai Five in the final on Sunday summed up his fantastic tournament.
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“This is something I’m very happy about, but I’m just happy for my team. I’m not thinking of myself, whether I’m the top scorer or not. The success must be for my team, rather than for myself. The secret to our success is concentration."
Meanwhile, Iraq - who achieved an AFC Futsal Championship high of fourth place, won the Fair Play Award.
Iraq had been a revelation throughout the tournament and based on their form in the AFC Futsal Championship 2018, they will be a team to be reckoned with in the future.