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Abu Dhabi: Omar Abdulrahman has been quick to praise the support he has received throughout a stellar 2016 after being named AFC Player of the Year at a glittering ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

After losing out to compatriot Ahmed Khalil at last year’s continental gathering in New Delhi, a string of magnificent displays for both Al Ain and the United Arab Emirates saw the wily midfielder – this time around - crowned Asia’s best player ahead of Iraq’s Hammadi Ahmed and China PR star Wu Lei.

“It is a great achievement to have been given this honour,” the 25-year-old told a packed press conference after receiving his award from AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

“But in general, this trophy is not just for me, it is for everyone – from the players to the coaches and the management at both Al Ain and the United Arab Emirates national team.

“In addition, seeing my father pleased is more important to me than any award. Everything I do is for my father and family,” he added.

Having missed winning this season’s AFC Champions League title thanks to Al Ain’s 3-2 aggregate defeat to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Abdulrahman also revealed that he is eager to make amends for that disappointment come 2017.

“According to the statistics, this has been my best year as an individual,” the player affectionately known as ‘Amoory’ by his legion of fans, explained.

“But despite this I did not win the AFC Champions League title so this is what I am hoping to achieve next year. My aim is to also win the AFC Player of the Year for another time.

“If a good offer comes along (from Europe), of course I would have to consider it. We must remember though that Al Ain are a massive club and a team that everyone wants to play for.”

Photo: AFC

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