|Harvest Year for Albirex Niigata (Singapore)|
Striker Atsushi Kawata was named the recipient to the prestigious "Player of The Year" award, alongside his coach Naoki Naruo who collected the "Coach of The Year" accolade and team mate Tomoki Menda was credited to have scored the "Goal of The Year".
|Atsushi Kawata (center) is "Player Of The Year"|
SURREAL EXPERIENCE ...
Should that happened, it would be an almost total domination both off and on the field as well, following the unprecedented sweep of all four major trophies in Singapore football by the Yuhua-based club.
While heralded the just concluded season as a fruitful yet surreal experience, Albirex's General Manager Koh Mui Tee forsee it will be challenging for his team in the upcoming season.
|Coach Naoki Naruo (right) completed the impossible|
"I am glad the hardwork by the whole club, from the players to the coaches to the administrators have finally come to fruition after thirteen years,
"The feeling is surreal, but we are happy that we have many trophies to show to our fans and supporters at the end of the season." added the administrator who joined club since 2010.
|Naofumi Tanaka (5) missed out on the podium|
"There must be something we can learn from (them), so if we can pick up those good details from their success, we have learned." said Coach Philippe Aw who seemingly felt the presence of the foreign clubs in the league should be seen as a value-added initiative.
HARD WORK AND DESIRE?
Coach Aw, who started off his coaching path from the youth level, went on further to elaborate his thoughts.
He said:"For many seasons, Albirex displayed a good brand of football. It's something which over the years as a young coach I watched, learned and then applied.
"(When) the last two seasons' league titles were won by foreign sides (Brunei DPMM won the title in 2015), we have to ask ourselves why? Could it be hard work and desire?"
|After thirteenth years, the White Swans landed|
He believed all these boiled down onto how trainings are to be conducted where teams would improve in areas like communication and better understanding within the team.
"Football is about communication between the eleven players and how we improve (on) this is through training effectively as a team." explained the 39-year-old who guided the S.League Selection to the Sultan of Selangor Cup victory back in May in Shah Alam.