PETALING JAYA: The fans are the real MVPs!
Since the inception of the National Football Awards in 2009, players have been receiving the most valuable player (MVP) award, but this year, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) have awarded it to the fans, who have stood by Malaysian football even during the pandemic period.
The award was announced during the virtual award ceremony, which was aired on MFL’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Wednesday (Dec 30).
According to MFL, the supporters have been following the development of the Malaysian League closely even though they are not allowed to enter the stadium due to the MCO since March.
They added that the number of Malaysian League views during the MCO became one of the factors why the Malaysian League supporters were selected as the MVP winners.
Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Safawi Rasid was the MVP last year.
It was no surprise to see JDT dominating the awards as the Super League champions won five awards.
JDT won the best team award, while their coach Benjamin Mora bagged the best coach award, defender Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak hoisting the best defender trophy, winger Safawi Rasid billed as the best midfielder, and goalkeeper Farizal Marlias adjudged to be the best goalkeeper in the country.
Former Perak striker Shahrel Fikri Md Fauzi was one of the biggest winners as the new Selangor signing bagged the best striker award and the top local goalscorer award with ten goals.
His teammate Ifedayo Olusegun won the Super League golden boot and also the overall golden boot. He scored 12 goals.
Selangor II player Danial Asri won the best local Premier League top scorer with seven goals, while Penang’s Casagrande won the Premier League golden boot, with nine goals.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Premier League local topscorer: Danial Asri (Selangor 2)
Best goalkeeper 2020: Farizal Marlias (JDT)
Premier League top scorer: Casagrande (Pulau Pinang)
Best defender 2020: Aidil Zafuan Abd. Radzak (JDT)
Super League local top scorer: Shahrel Fikri Fauzi (Perak)
Best midfielder 2020: Safawi Rasid (JDT)
Super League top scorer: Ifadeyo Omosuyi (Selangor)
Best striker 2020: Shahrel Fikri Fauzi (Perak)
Best coach 2020: Benjamin Mora (JDT)
Golden Boot 2020: Ifadeyo Omosuyi (Selangor)
Best team 2020: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT)
Special award (MVP): Malaysian League fans
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