Kelantan dominate 2010 national football awards
Posted on November 3, 2010, Wednesday
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Cup champions Kelantan dominated the 2010 National 100Plus-FAM football awards by sweeping five of the seven awards at stake.
Kelantan who beat Negeri Sembilan 2-1 on Saturday to win the Malaysia Cup after 55 years to set a historic feat, added another piece of history by becoming the first team to win so many awards in a season.
Striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha was the toast of Kelantan when he won the Best Striker award and the coveted Most Valuable Player of the season.
“This is a very significant and meaningful award in my career. After winning the SEA Games gold medal with the national team, I hope to assist the national team in the Guangzhou Asian Games,” said Norshahrul Idlan, who took home a trophy and RM3,000 for Most Valuable Player and RM500 for Best Striker.
The East Coast sides goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat who performed well during the Malaysia Cup final was also a double-award winner by clinching the Best Goalkeeper and Best Young Player awards.
To cap a brilliant day for Kelantan, coach B. Satianathan, who guided the team to their historic victory, won the Best Coach of the Year award.
The only awards that escaped the clutches of Kelantan players was the Best Midfielder award that went to Baddrol Bakhtiar from Kedah and Best Defender award won by Negeri Sembilan’s Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak. Three other teams won special awards, namely Johor FC (Best Club side), Selangor (Best Football Association) and Kedah (Best Fan Club).