Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Aidil Zafuan looking to win best defender award for third time

Negri Sembilan defender Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak will be eyeing a third consecutive win when the winners of the 100Plus-Astro-FAM National Football Awards are announced at the Holiday Inn in Glenmarie today.

The 24-year-old international, a regular figure for club and country over the past three years, picked up the Best Defender award in 2009 and bagged the same title last year.

However, Aidil, who had a dismal season plagued by a niggling knee injury, is keeping his fingers crossed on his chances.

“I am very happy to have won the title for the past two years but my nomination this year is much more meaningful as I have been struggling with injuries,” said Aidil, who has been representing Malaysia in various categories since he was 14.

“I hope that I have done enough to win the title this year. For me the award ceremony gives recognition to the best players in the country.”

Aidil, together with fellow international and twin brother Zaquan, won the Sukma football crown in 2004 with Negri Sembilan before being promoted to the senior side a year later. 

They also won their first Malaysia Super League title the same year with Negri.

After representing Malaysia at two AFC Youth Championships, Aidil Zafuan was roped into the National Under-23 team who emerged triumphant in the 2007 Merdeka Tourna­ment. 

The Seremban lad was promoted to the senior squad in 2007 and made the team for the Asian Cup which Malaysia hosted.

“I hope that they will continue to have this award ceremony. I feel it is an important aspect for professional football in our country,” said Aidil, who played for the Negri team who beat Terengganu 2-1 to win the Malaysia Cup this year.

The nominees for the various categories this year were selected by the Super League and Premier League head coaches while the awards for the Best Football Association and Best Club will be decided by the FAM’s Competitions Committee.

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