Ahmed wants more
Basra: Air Force Club's talismanic captain Hammedi Ahmed was named the 2018 AFC Cup Most Valuable Player after playing yet another pivotal role in the Iraqi side's capture of the 2018 AFC Cup at the Basra Sport City Stadium on Saturday.
Ahmed, 29, put his team on the road to a historic third title with his strike in the 22nd minute, his eighth goal of the 2018 campaign, ensuring Air Force Club took a firm hold of the final in front of their adoring fans.
""I dedicate this award to the club management, the technical team, my colleagues, and most importantly, to my family," said Ahmed.
"We went into the game with great desire to win the title, our coach watched Altyn Asyr's previous matches and had a detailed plan for us."
His goal was the second time Ahmed has scored in the final, having also found the back of the net in the 2016 decider, but he was firm in which had proved to be more important.
"This goal I scored is the most important of my career because I scored in the final as the team captain and this helped us win the AFC Cup for the third time.
"Winning the MVP is also something I will always cherish and will use it as motivation to aim higher. In fact, I hope that I can compete for the AFC Player of the Year award," said Ahmed, whose goal on Saturday brought his AFC Cup tally to 26.