Nagoya Oceans' Yoshikawa wins MVP award
Bangkok: Tomoki Yoshikawa of Nagoya Oceans was named the Most Valuable Player of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Bangkok 2019 on Saturday.
Yoshikawa played a key role in Oceans' campaign, which climaxed with the Japanese club winning a record-extending fourth AFC Futsal Club Championship title.
Yoshikawa, 30, was at the centre of Oceans triumph, which saw them lifting the title with a 100 percent record - including two wins over 2018 champions Mes Sungun Varzeqan of Islamic Republic of Iran.
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“I’m very happy to win the title and become champions again. Winning the fourth title is very special. This year has been hard for us, every game was difficult.
“We defeated Mes Sungun twice, once in the group stage and the other in the final. But our win against Vietnam’s Thai Son Nam was equally important. They beat us last year and now we got our revenge.
“This award (MVP) is not mine but a group effort from everyone in the team. I wouldn’t be here if the group didn’t work hard.”
Meanwhile, Thai Son Nam's Kazuya Shimizu won the Top Scorer award after hitting a whopping 10 goals.
Shimizu's goals powered the Vietnamese side's campaign, which included a hat-trick in the third-place playoff which Thai Son Nam won 4-3 against AGMK FC of Uzbekistan.
Mes Sungun won the Fair Play Award.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Champions: Nagoya Oceans (JPN)
Runners-up: Mes Sungun Varzeqan (IRN)
Third: Thai Son Nam (VIE)
Most Valuable Player: Tomoki Yoshikawa (Nagoya Oceans)
Top Scorer: Kazuya Shimizu (10 goals, Thai Son Nam)
Fairplay: Mes Sungun Varzeqan
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