Japan and Olympique Lyonnais star Saki Kumagai (left) wins AFC women's player of the year and poses with Al Sadd SC coach Xavi Hernandez, who receives the men's player of the year award on behalf of Akram Afif. Photo: AFP

AFC star Saki Kumagai has brought World Cup and Champions League winning mentality to Asian women’s football

  • World Cup and Champions League winner Kumagai encouraged by women’s football development in the region
  • ‘There’s a possibility for that in the future’, she says of being first Asian to win Ballon d’Or Feminin
Topic |   Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

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Japan and Olympique Lyonnais star Saki Kumagai (left) wins AFC women's player of the year and poses with Al Sadd SC coach Xavi Hernandez, who receives the men's player of the year award on behalf of Akram Afif. Photo: AFP
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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

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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