With the curtain coming down on the 2017 Cambodian league season last weekend, the kingdom’s football competition’s organising body has decided to recognise players’ achievements with the inauguration of a special awards night scheduled to take place later this month.
Traditionally the final match of the league season was when players would receive their individual awards, although this year – and for the first time – the Cambodia National Competitions Committee (CNCC) have sought to introduce a separate awards night to celebrate their achievements in what was a long and arduous season.
Prizes to be awarded on the night include; Player of the Year Awards (in the Cambodian League and Hun Sen Cup), Top Goalscorer Awards (Cambodian League and the Hun Sen Cup), Best Goalkeeper Awards (Cambodian League and the Hun Sen Cup), Coach of the Year Awards (Cambodian League and Hun Sen Cup), Fair Play Awards (Cambodian League and Hun Sen Cup), Most Popular Coach Award, Most Popular Player Award and an award for the Best Club Fans.
While a similar showcase to reward Cambodia’s sportsmen and women is held annually by NagaWorld, and in which footballers have in the past been recognised, this is the first time that the Football Federation of Cambodia has coordinated with the CNCC to organise a separate event.
It is already known that NagaWorld’s Atuheire Kipson has bagged the C-League’s Top Goalscorer Award. The Rwandan-Ugandan, who transferred from Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng at the start of the 2017 season, had a breakout year in Naga’s purple shirt.
His 26 goals led his club to the semi-final of the C-League play-offs before they hurtled out of the competition on penalties to the Ministry of National Defense.
The top scorer of the Hun Sen Cup was Boeung Ket frontman Khuon Laboravy. The scorer of 16 goals, Laboravy’s goals helped Boeung Ket make it to the semi-finals before they were stopped over two legs by Naga.
The awards for Most Popular Coach, Most Popular Player and the Best Fans will await the result of a vote on social media.
The CNCC Football Awards Night is slated for January 25 and is set to be hosted at the Diamond Island Convention Center.