Abu Dhabi to host 2016 Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards ceremony

Abu Dhabi has been named as the host city for this year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Annual Awards ceremony.

Abu Dhabi has been named as the host city for this year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Annual Awards ceremony.

The football gala, which concludes by crowning the continent’s best player, will take place in the UAE capital on November 30. It is the second time Abu Dhabi has been chosen to stage the awards, having hosted the event in 2006.

The decision was taken at the AFC’s Executive Committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

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Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the governing body’s president, said: “Football has grown enormously in the UAE over the years and we are very pleased to hold the Annual Awards in Abu Dhabi this year.”

The 2015 awards were held in New Delhi, where Ahmed Khalil became the first Emirati to be named Asia’s best player. The UAE striker was rewarded for a fine year in which he helped the national team take bronze at January’s Asian Cup — their best performance on foreign soil — and then played an integral role in Al Ahli’s progress to the Asian Champions League final.

Khalil captured the title ahead of compatriot Omar Abdulrahman and China’s Zheng Zhi. Khalil is one of only three players to collect both the young player of the year and player of the year awards, having won the junior crown in 2008.

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