11/28/2018 8:53:54 PM (GMT+3)

Qatar's Abdelkarim Hassan named AFC Player of the Year


DOHA: Qatar defender Abdelkarim Hassan won the Asian Player of the Year award at the 2018 AFC Annual Awards in Muscat, Oman, on Wednesday.

The Al Sadd left-back played a key role in his club's progress to the 2018 AFC Champions League semifinals and runners-up finish in the 2017-18 Qatar Stars League season.

Hassan, 25, is also a key player in the Qatar national side and the winning the award will boost his morale ahead of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

The award also will be a small consolation for Sadd, who despite showing a lot of promise, lost to Iranian side Persepolis in the semifinal.