Japan’s Saki Kumagai is all smiles after winning the AFC Women’s Player of the Year award at the AFC Annual Awards in Wan Chai. Photos: K.Y. Cheng

AFC player of the year: Xavi and Gianni Infantino in Hong Kong to crown Japan’s Saki Kumagai and Qatar’s Akram Afif as top Asian players

  • Four-time Champions League winner Kumagai: ‘the level of women’s football in Asia has been growing since I made my debut’
  • Former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi on player Afif: ‘he was the difference-maker’
Topic |   Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

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Japan’s Saki Kumagai is all smiles after winning the AFC Women’s Player of the Year award at the AFC Annual Awards in Wan Chai. Photos: K.Y. Cheng
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Li Ying celebrates after scoring against South Africa at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France. Photo: Fifa via Getty Images.

Can these Chinese women’s footballers make a clean sweep at the 2019 AFC Annual Awards?

  • Li Ying is front-runner for top women’s category after solid performances at the 2019 World Cup in France
  • Previous winners include former PSG star Wang Shuang and new Chelsea signing Sam Kerr
Topic |   Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

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Li Ying celebrates after scoring against South Africa at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France. Photo: Fifa via Getty Images.
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