Djeparov named Asian Player of the Year

It was the second time the silky passer with the mean shot had collected the prize following his 2008 success, although the credibility of the award has been questioned because of the AFC's strict rules that the winner must attend the ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

Highly-rated Japanese duo Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda had been on the six-man shortlist for the award after their strong displays helped the Blue Samurai lift a record fourth Asian Cup in January.

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