| PETALING JAYA (2 Nov 2010) – Newly crowned Malaysia Cup champions Kelantan dominated the 100PLUS-FAM National Awards 2010 this afternoon when they swept to five wins out of 10 categories.
Norsharul Idlan Talaha, who was part of the Malaysia Cup winning squad on the weekend, grabbed the Best Striker award enroute to winning the top prize of the Most Valuable Player title.
On hand to give away the awards were Tan Sri Annuar Musa, the deputy president of the FA of Malaysia, James Teo, the Managing Director of F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd, Dato’ Kamal Harun, the National Corporate Affairs Manager, F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd and also FAM Exco members.
“I would like to thank all those who have supported me throughout my career. I still feel like a newcomer although this 100PLUS-FAM award will propel me to work even harder,” said Norsharul who got married early last month.
“I hope that I will be given the chance to play for Malaysia at the Asian Games next week and also the AFF Suzuki Cup next month.”
For his effort, Norsharul earned two crystal trophies as well as RM3,500 in prize money.
Other than Norsharul, the other player who won two awards also came from Kelantan through Khairul Fahmi Che Mat who picked up the Best Goalkeeper and the Best Young Player categories.
“For a young player, it feels great to be recognised especially when I was up against the more experienced players (for the Best Goalkeeper), so winning it was a real surprise,” added Khairul.
“I hope that other up and coming young players do not get disheartened when they are faced with difficulties. With hard work, anything is possible.”
Kelantan wrapped up their domination on the day with coach B. Sathiananthan winning the Best Coach award for the first time in his career.
“It feels great to be recognised. There are some details to be worked out for next season and obviously, there’s still some work to be done yet. But its feels great to win,” added Sathiananthan.
Negeri Sembilan who lost the Malaysia Cup final to Kelantan last Saturday, won one award through Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak for the Best Defender while for the Best Midfielder, the title went to Kedah’s Baddrol Bakhtiar.
To make sure that only the best are considered for the annual 100PLUS-FAM National Football Awards, a selection panel which consisted of national coaches, members from the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) and officials from FAM came up with a list of candidates.
The list was distributed to the coaches and captains of teams playing in the Super League and also the Premier League, who made their choice for the various individual awards and also the ultimate Most Valuable Player award.
Other than the seven awards given out by the panel, the FAM also gave due recognition to the Best Football Association which went to Selangor FA, Best Club (Johor FC) and also Best Fan Club (Kedah FA).
100PLUS-FAM NATIONAL FOOTBALL AWARDS 2010 – WINNERS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
BEST YOUNG PLAYER
BEST FAN CLUB
BEST FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION