Popovic up for AFC Coach of the Year

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic is in the running for AFC Coach of the Year after masterminding the Wanderers' Asian Champions League triumph. 

The winner will be announced in Minila, Philippines on Sunday November 30.

class="teaser" itemprop="description">The Wanderers became the first Australia club to claim the title, overcoming some of the powerhouses of Asian football - including the cashed-up Guangzhou Evergrande and Al-Hilal - to reach the summit.

Popovic, whose extraordinary success at thefledgling A-League outfit has attracted interest from abroad, is up against Norio Sasaki of the Japanese Women’s Team and former Palestine national coach Jamal Mahmoud who has steered the war-torn nation to Asian Cup qualification.

No Australian has ever won this award.

Matildas star is up for AFC Women's Player of the Year but Wanderers goalkeeper, whose heroics kept his side in the ACL, was a shock omission from the Player of the Year shorlist.

Popovic's triumph on the continental stage is in stark contrast to his fortunes domestically this season, with the Wanderers yet to earn a point in four matches.