Nominees for Vietnam Golden Ball Awards announced
  • | Nhan Dan | November 23, 2015 10:05 PM

Do Duy Manh of Hanoi T&T is the only footballer to be nominated for two categories of the 2015 Vietnam Golden Ball Awards – best male player and best young male player.
Do Duy Manh (number 11) is the only footballer to be nominated in two categories of the awards.

The Awards’ organising panel, Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper held a press briefing in Ho Chi Minh City on November 23 to announce the list of candidates for the five regular categories and one newly-added category – best futsal player.

Accordingly, Becamex Binh Duong and Hanoi T&T overwhelmed the top 20 nominations for the best male player – the Golden Ball Award for men – with five representatives each, followed by Song Lam Nghe An with three.

Among the most noticeable names in this year’s nominations are the 2014 winner, Pham Thanh Luong (Hanoi T&T); the best player of the 2015 V-League, Nguyen Anh Duc (Becamex Binh Duong); and the best young player of the 2015 V-League, Do Duy Manh (Hanoi T&T). Other familiar names include Le Cong Vinh, Nguyen Van Quyet, Vo Huy Toan and Tran Phi Son.

Regarding the best female player category – the Golden Ball Award for women –Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi account for eight out of the 11 nominations. Among the title favourites are last year’s winner Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung (Ha Nam), Chuong Thi Kieu and Dang Thi Kieu Trinh (HCM City), and Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet (Hanoi).

In addition, the organising committee also announced the list of nominees for other categories including the best young male player (13 nominations), the best young female player (10), the best foreign player (10), and the best futsal player (12).

The Vietnam Golden Ball Award, initiated by the Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper in 1995, aims to honour players who have made significant contributions to Vietnamese football over the year at both domestic tournaments and international competitions.

The Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball winners will be presented respective cash prizes of VND40 million, 30 million and 20 million, while the best young players, the best foreign player and the best futsal player will receive VND20 million each.

The 2015 Golden Ball awards gala will be held on January 6, 2016.

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