Ognenovski wins Asian Player of the Year award

Published Nov. 24, 2010 10:53 a.m. EST

Australian defender Sasa Ognenovski has been named the Asian Player of the Year by the region's football governing body.

Ognenovski, the 31-year-old captain of South Korea's Seongnam Ilhwa club, edged out four other finalists from Iran, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Attendance at the Asian Football Confederation's awards ceremony Wednesday in Malaysia was a prerequisite for the award. Several candidates playing for European clubs were unable to make it.

Ognenovski helped his club win the AFC Champions League in Tokyo last week with a 3-1 victory over Iran's Zob Ahan.


The four other finalists at the ceremony were two from Iran - Farhad Majidi and Farshid Talebi - as well as Kuwait's Bader Al Mutawa and Bahrain's Husain Salman.