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FFT SEA Awards: Indonesian keeper wins incredibly close vote to be named our first 'Fan Favourite'

The FourFourTwo readers have spoken, with Indonesia and Persija Jakarta goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa voted the ‘Fan Favourite’ in our inaugural Southeast Asia Awards.

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We received more than 8,200 votes and in an incredibly close finish, Ardhiyasa picked up 1,991 votes, or 24.3 per cent of the total, to narrowly beat Malaysian veteran Safiq Rahim.

Johor Darul Ta’zim captain Safiq garnered 1,920 votes (23.4%), with Vietnamese winger Nguyen Van Quyet also earning plenty of support, finishing with 1,769 votes (21.6%).

All 10 of our nominees received votes from the fans, with Teerasil Dangda, Dinh Thanh Trung, Aung Thu, Hassan Sunny, Chanathip Songkrasin, Theerathon Bunmathan and Jakkaphan Kaewprom also making the shortlist for their efforts over the 2017 campaign.

We received votes from a wide cross-section of locations, with around 2,000 apiece coming from Malaysia and Indonesia, almost 1,700 from Vietnam and more than 500 each from Thailand and Myanmar.

Andritany had an outstanding season for fourth-placed Persija in 2017, playing all 34 games and conceding just 24 goals, 13 less than the next best defence, Persipura Jayapura.

His 14 clean sheets also led the league and it was no surprise when he was named in the Liga 1 Best Eleven and earned the Best Goalkeeper award.

The 30-year-old Safiq had another consistent season for the Southern Tigers, leading them to a record-extending fourth straight Malaysia Super League title, while also helping JDT finally get their hands on the Malaysia Cup for the first time.

Van Quyet is a key member of the Vietnamese national team and helped Hanoi FC to a third-place finish in the V-League. They were also unlucky not to progress in the AFC Cup, knocked out in the group stage on goal difference to Group G winners Ceres-Negros.

[Find out more about our top three on the next page]