While the 2017 Cambodian League season came to a close in December, the kingdom’s football competition’s organising body will recognise players’ achievements this evening with the inauguration of its own special awards evening.
The inaugural CNCC Cambodian Football Awards take place this evening at Koh Pich Theatre at which prizes will be awarded to Player of the Year (in the Cambodian League and Hun Sen Cup), Top Goalscorer (Cambodian league and the Hun Sen Cup), Best Goalkeeper (Cambodian league and the Hun Sen Cup), Coach of the Year (Cambodian League and Hun Sen Cup), Fair Play (Cambodian League and Hun Sen Cup), Most Popular Coach, Most Popular Player and an award for the Best Club Fans.
Traditionally the final match of the league season was when players would receive their individual awards, although this year 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.
Formerly of NagaWorld, Atuheire Kipson has already been announced as the winner of the C-League’s Top Goalscorer Award. The Rwandan-Ugandan, who transferred to UKM FC in the Malaysian league earlier this week, had a breakout 2017 in the Naga shirt.
His 26 goals led his club to the semi-final of the C-League play-offs before they were dumped 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. 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.
A similar showcase to reward Cambodia’s sportsmen and women is held annually by NagaWorld, in which footballers have in the past been recognised. However, this is the first time that the Football Federation of Cambodia has coordinated with the CNCC to organise a separate event.