AFC Men's Coach of the Year 2018: Go Oiwa
Muscat: Kashima Antlers head coach Go Oiwa was named the AFC Men's Coach of the Year at the AFC Annual Awards 2018 in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday.
Oiwa steered Kashima Antlers to the 2018 AFC Champions League title after defeating Persepolis FC of Islamic Republic of Iran 2-0 on aggregate, for the Japanese club's first Continental crown.
Oiwa, 46, has been head coach of Kashima since May 2017, having been part of the coaching squad at the club since 2011.
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A former defender, Oiwa had a short national team career with three caps but has made a name for himself as head coach of Kashima Antlers.
The club finished empty-handed in 2017 but rebounded in style this year by winning the AFC Champions League title, their 20th major honour.
They are also in the running for the Emperor's Cup, with a semi-final against Urawa Red Diamonds to play on December 5 with the final on December 9 if they win.
That will be followed by a quarter-final showdown with Mexico's Club Deportivo Guadalajara in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup on December 15, having advanced to the final of the 2016 edition where they lost 4-2 to a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.