Pahang’s Malaysia Cup hero Khairul Azhan Khalid clinched the Most Valuable Player (MVP) gong at the Football Association Malaysia (FAM) 100-Plus National Football Awards.
The custodian was a sturdy figure between the sticks for The Elephants this season, inspiring them to a treble by winning the Charity Shield, the FA Cup and also the Malaysia Cup.
Khairul was pleasantly surprised after being named the biggest winner of the awards, and vowed to continue producing the goods.
“Honestly I didn’t expect to win this [MVP award], but I will use this honour as an inspiration to continue delivering my best for Pahang next season.”
The Kuantan-born goalkeeper’s defining moment came in the biggest stage at the Malaysia Cup against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) when he produced two superb stops to thwart Luciano Figueroa and Jorge Diaz in regulation time, before denying Norshahrul Idlhan Talaha in the penalty shootout.
Khairul Azhan, who also won the Best Goalkeeper award, thwarted out competition from Nor Farhan Muhammad and Badhri Radzi for the MVP award.
Badhri and Norfarhan didn’t go home empty handed as they bagged the Best Midfielder and Best Striker awards respectively.
Pahang were the biggest winners of the day as they swept the Best Football Association award, the Best Coach award through Zainal Abidin Hassan as well as the Best Defender award, won by Razman Roslan.
The full list of winners
Best Football Association: Pahang FA
Best Football Club: Johor Darul Ta’zim
Best Supporters Club: Johor Darul Ta’zim
Fairplay Award: Terengganu
Most Promising Young Player: Farhan Roslan (Kedah)
Best Foreign Player: Ali Ashfaq (Police)
Best Coach: Zainal Abidin Hassan (Pahang)
Best Goalkeeper: Khairul Azhan Khalid (Pahang)
Best Defender: Razman Roslan (Pahang)
Best Midfielder: Badhri Radzi (Kelantan)
Best Striker: Nor Farhan Muhammad (Terengganu)