PETALING JAYA: Kedah’s Akhyar Rashid has been nominated for the best striker and hopeful young player accolades for the National Football Awards.
The 19-year-old was nominated together with Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Hazwan Bakri and PKNP’s Shahrel Fikri Fauzi for the award ceremony in Bangsar on Monday.
For the most hopeful young player award, Akhyar was nominated alongside Nik Akif Syahiran Nik Mat (Kelantan) and Safawi Rasid (Johor).
Nik Akif and Safawi were also nominated for the best midfielder award with Pahang’s Nor Azam Abdul Azih.
Nominees for the best defender award are Matthew Davies (Pahang), S. Kunanlan (JDT) and Shahrul Saad (Perak), while Farizal Marlias (JDT), Khairul Nizam Jothy (Perak) and Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (Melaka) were nominated for the best goalkeeper award.
For leading Perak to the Malaysia Cup and a second-place finish in the Super League, former Australian international Mehmet Durakovic was nominated for the best coach award alongside Pahang’s Dollah Salleh and Felda’s B. Sathianathan.
For the best import award, Gonzalo Cabrera (Johor), Lee Tuck (Terengganu) and Rufino Segovia (Selangor) are the nominees.
Faris Ramli (PKNS), Hariss Harun (Johor) and Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang) are the contenders for the best Asean Player award.
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