AFC Player of the Year 2018: Abdelkarim Hassan
Muscat: Qatar's Abdelkarim Hassan clinched the 2018 AFC Player of the Year award at the 2018 AFC Annual Awards in Muscat on Wednesday.
"I am very glad and proud to achieve this award. Every player in the Asia dreams of winning such an award and this is a great testament to Qatar football. It is a great honour to be the second Qatari to win this award. Of course, I have to thank my teammates and I thank everyone who supported me in my career.
"I would like to dedicate this award to the Qatar FA President, and the Qatari people. Personally I did not expect to win, but this is a great source of pride for me and I am very thankful. I am still just 25-years-old, I have a long way to go, and I hope to build on this success. The three nominees did a great job this year," said Hassan.
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The Al Sadd left-back played a key role in his club's advance to the 2018 AFC Champions League semi-finals and runners-up finish in the 2017-18 Qatar Stars League season.
Hassan, 25, is also a key player in the Qatar national side and the winning the award will boost his morale ahead of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
The Doha native graduated from the Aspire Academy and was only 17 when he first played in the 2011 AFC Champions League, coming off the bench against Esteghlal.
Al Sadd went on to win the AFC Champions League title that year .
Hassan continued to progress and was named the Young Player of the Year in the 2012–13 Qatar Stars League.
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