All AFC MVP Awards renamed after administrator

The Asian Footballl Confederation has renamed its Most Valuable Player award in all its men’s competitions as the Abdullah Al Dabal Award in memory of the late AFC Executive Committee member from Saudi Arabia who passed away in January this year. Al Dabal, who was chairman of the AFC Competitions Committee and AFC Organising Committee for Club Competitions, died on January 27 at the age of 53. None of the published Al Dabal's tributes mention anything about a playing career. Even AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam only mentions that the MVP award will be "a fitting tribute to his tireless efforts to promote Asian football.”