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Xamrobekov dedicates award to squad, fans

Changzhou: Odiljon Xamrobekov has revealed that he is grateful for the support given to his Uzbekistan side after being awarded the Most Valuable Player presented by TOYOTA following the Central Asian nation’s 2-1 win over Vietnam in Saturday’s AFC U23 Championship final.

The talented midfielder was an ever-present for Uzbekistan throughout the tournament, with his display in the final undoubtedly one of his best in China. 

However, despite his glowing reviews and personal accolade, Xamrobekov was quick to dedicate his own award and the U23 title success to those who believed in both himself and his teammates the most.

“All the trophies that we have won today, they are for everyone, for all the delegation, all the staff, and for all those people who believed in us,” explained Uzbekistan’s number seven.

“After we lost the opening match (against Qatar), not many people thought we would succeed, but those closest to us definitely did. 

"The success we had is not only mine, or the head coach’s, or the team’s, it is for everyone.”

The FC Nasaf star was also adamant that those around him also deserved to share the spotlight after a terrific campaign that saw Uzbekistan lift their first title since the AFC U-16 Championship in 2012.

“This award is not only mine,” he said.

“Football is not an individual sport, it is played with 11 players. I think all my teammates deserve to share the Most Valuable Player award.”

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