Doi named AIA Player of the Year at FAS Awards Night 2021 – AFF – The Official Website Of The Asean Football Federation

SINGAPORE (12 Oct 2021) – Hougang United swept two of the three top accolades at the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Awards Night 2021 earlier this evening at a ceremony that marked the end of the 26th domestic professional football season.

Japanese star Tomoyuki Doi took the AIA Player of the Year gong while Lion City Sailors defender Nur Adam Abdullah was named the AIA Young Player of the Year, with the Polar Mineral Water Coach of the Year award going to Clement Teo as the trio were recognised for their efforts in the 2021 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL).

Lion City Sailors attacker Gabriel Quak scored the SELECT Goal of the Year with his sizzling first-time effort against Balestier Khalsa in April. Doi also finished as the SPL Top Scorer, while Albirex Niigata (S) goalkeeper Takahiro Koga created a slice of history by receiving the first-ever SPL Golden Glove prize in the awards’ history after registering a league-high tally of eight clean sheets.

This year’s event took place at Aux Media and saw outstanding individuals and officials from the SPL receiving awards to recognise their performances through the season, which successfully concluded two days ago in the face of challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic for a second consecutive year.

Doi, 24, enjoyed a stellar maiden season at Hougang United as he scored 19 times and made six assists in 21 matches. The attacker, who was also on the final shortlist for the award last year during his first season in the SPL with previous club Albirex Niigata, is the 24th different Player of the Year and the fifth Japanese recipient.

Flushed with delight, Doi said: “I feel very happy to be Player of the Year and Top Scorer. My team-mates and coaches helped me a lot, it is not just about me and I have to say thank you to them. I prepared a lot (for this season) to become a more typical striker, a number nine and fortunately I could score for the team. In my opinion, I did not have the quality to become Player of the Year last year but I decided to challenge (again) this season and the experience made me stronger.”

Meanwhile, Teo became the first Singaporean in 12 years – since Richard Bok of Singapore Armed Forces FC in 2009 – to be named Coach of the Year. The 54-year-old, who led Hougang United to third place, replicating the club’s highest league finish in history from 2019, is the 20th different recipient and the fifth Singaporean to win it.

Teo, who was nominated for the first time in 2019, said: “It is truly an honour and I never expected this. I could not have done it alone. I have a great technical room and it has been a roller-coaster season for us. This is dedicated to my mentor and good friend Salim Moin because years ago when we were together at Woodlands Wellington, we spoke about this award and now, it has happened.”


There was joy for Nur Adam, whose breakout season at the Lion City Sailors made everyone sit up and take notice. The 20-year-old established himself as a starter in his first year with the club, completing all 16 matches he played and recording one assist to help his side clinch a historic first league title.

Nur Adam, whose dynamic displays also recently earned the uncapped left-back a National Team call-up to the provisional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup squad, said: “I cannot describe my feelings, I am just so happy and grateful. It has been a tough year but at the same time, it has been exciting because we became champions and I got this individual award. I have come a long way from my first season in the SPL. I have to give credit to my teammates at Lion City Sailors, where the senior players have been encouraging and telling me how to improve, as well as all the staff and coaches who have been motivating and pushing me. Also, not forgetting my family, who are my number one throughout my journey.”

The AIA SPL Team of the Year recognised the season’s best players in a 4-3-3 formation and comprised goalkeeper Takahiro Koga (Albirex Niigata), defenders Kazuki Hashioka, Shuya Yamashita (both Albirex Niigata), Jorge Fellipe and Nur Adam Abdullah (both Lion City Sailors), midfielders Ryoya Taniguchi (Albirex Niigata), Shahdan Sulaiman (Lion City Sailors) and Kaishu Yamazaki (Hougang United), and forwards Tomoyuki Doi (Hougang United), Stipe Plazibat (Lion City Sailors) and Šime Žužul (Balestier Khalsa).

It is the third straight year that Yamazaki features in this category, while Plazibat and Hashioka have been included for a second consecutive season. Shahdan returns after first featuring in 2019.

The final nominees and eventual winners for the AIA Player of the Year, AIA Young Player of the Year, Polar Mineral Water Coach of the Year, SELECT Goal of the Year and AIA SPL Team of the Year were selected by a judging panel comprising the current Head Coaches, General Managers and Team Captain from the eight SPL clubs participating in the 2021 season as well as FAS Technical Director Joseph Palatsides, FAS Head of Elite Youth Fandi Ahmad and five representatives from separate media outlets.

A total of 15 FAS Recognition Awards were also handed out at the ceremony. Recipients included Singapore football stalwart Daniel Bennett, the nation’s most-capped international, who completed a record-extending 23rd league season.

Long-serving National Teams’ equipment manager Omar Mohamed was also recognised alongside the likes of former Singapore Men’s National Team Head Coach Jita Singh and ex-Lions Captain Seak Poh Leong.

This year’s edition of the FAS Awards Night also marked the return of the media awards and the honours for Story of the Year and Photo of the Year went to Dilenjit Singh of The New Paper and Siaw Woon Chong of Junpiter Futbol respectively.

Due to current safe-distancing measures, this year’s event was attended only by relevant personnel, such as all award recipients, presenters and essential event crew. As with previous years, the Awards Night was streamed online in order for fans to follow the proceedings.

The FAS congratulates all winners from the FAS Awards Night 2021. Please see below for the full list of winners.


List of recipients for FAS Awards Night 2021


AIA Singapore Premier League 
Award Nominee Club/Affiliation Recipient
AIA Player of the YearJorge FellipeLion City Sailors FCTomoyuki Doi
Stipe PlazibatLion City Sailors FC
Tomoyuki DoiHougang United FC
AIA Young Player of the YearNur Adam AbdullahLion City Sailors FCNur Adam Abdullah
Ryoya TaniguchiAlbirex Niigata FC (S)
Saifullah AkbarLion City Sailors FC
Polar Mineral Water Coach of the YearClement TeoHougang United FCClement Teo
Keiji ShigetomiAlbirex Niigata FC (S)
Philippe AwYoung Lions
SELECT Goal of the YearFabian KwokHougang United FCGabriel Quak
Fathullah RahmatTanjong Pagar United FC
Gabriel QuakLion City Sailors FC
Kyoga NakamuraTampines Rovers FC
Luiz JuniorTanjong Pagar United FC
Song UiyoungLion City Sailors FC
SELECT Referee of the YearFarhad MohdN.A.Jansen Foo
Jansen FooN.A.
Ahmad A’QashahN.A.
SELECT Assistant Referee of the YearAndy Tan Mint LandN.A.Ronnie Koh Min Kiat
Lim Kok Heng IvanN.A.
Ronnie Koh Min KiatN.A.
SPL Top ScorerN.A.Hougang United FCTomoyuki Doi
SPL Golden GloveN.A.Albirex Niigata FC (S)Takahiro Koga
Story of the YearAfter years in the wilderness and a winless season, Tanjong Pagar aim to build on victoryMatthew Mohan, Channel NewsAsiaDilenjit Singh, The New Paper
Herding cows, picking fruit: What S’pore’s female footballers do to play in AustraliaKimberly Kwek, The Straits Times
Leaving no child behind at HotShotz football clinicDilenjit Singh, The New Paper
Photo of the YearAir IlhanLeo Shengwei, PlaymakerSiaw Woon Chong, Junpiter Futbol
Battle Above The GroundSiaw Woon Chong, Junpiter Futbol
Watching Your BackChua Boon Ping, Junpiter Futbol
Singapore Pools Fair PlayN.A.Albirex Niigata FC (S)
AIA SPL Team of the YearN.A.Albirex Niigata FC (S)Takahiro Koga
Albirex Niigata FC (S)Kazuki Hashioka
Lion City Sailors FCJorge Fellipe
Albirex Niigata FC (S)Shuya Yamashita
Lion City Sailors FCNur Adam Abdullah
Albirex Niigata FC (S)Ryoya Taniguchi
Hougang United FCKaishu Yamazaki
Lion City Sailors FCShahdan Sulaiman
Hougang United FCTomoyuki Doi
Lion City Sailors FCStipe Plazibat
Balestier Khalsa FCŠime Žužul
FAS Recognition Award, Efficient Resource Management – Long Service Award (15 Years of Service)N.A.FAS National TeamsOmar Bin Mohamed
FAS Recognition Award, Vibrant Football CultureN.A.Tampines Rovers FCDaniel Bennett
FAS Recognition Award, Vibrant Football Culture (47 Years of Service)N.A.FAS Match CommissionerA Raamasamy
FAS Recognition Award, Vibrant Football Culture (46 Years of Service)N.A.FAS Match CommissionerJimmy Cheong
FAS Recognition Award, Vibrant Football Culture (41 Years of Service)N.A.FAS Match CommissionerSrikisan Ramdas
FAS Recognition Award, Efficient Resource Management – Long Service Award (33 Years of Service)N.A.Hougang United FCPang Yok Boon Thomas
FAS Recognition Award, Efficient Resource Management – Long Service Award (25 Years of Service)N.A.Albirex Niigata FC (S)Suzanna Foo
FAS Recognition Award, Capability DevelopmentN.A.FAS RefereeAugustine Arlando (Referee Instructor/Assessor & AFF Referee Assessor)
N.A.FAS RefereeLai Boon Teck (Referee Assessor)
N.A.FAS RefereeVisva Nathan S/O Krishnan (Referee Assessor (FIFA/AFC/FAS))
N.A.FAS RefereeSanthan S/O Nagalingam (FAS Instructor/Assessor & AFF Referee Assessor)
FAS Recognition Award, Youth Development and Efficient Resource ManagementN.A.FAS GrassrootsQueensway Secondary School (FAS Grassroots Partner)
N.A.FAS GrassrootsBowen Secondary School (FAS Grassroots Partner)
FAS Recognition Award, Capability DevelopmentN.A.FAS Technical and Coach EducationJita Singh (Former National Team Coach)
N.A.FAS Technical and Coach EducationSeak Poh Leong (Former FAS Director of Soccer Development and Coaching)





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