Iran Beach Soccer Wins Three More Asian Awards
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran received three more awards in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship Malaysia 2017.
In one-week competition held in in Kuala Terengganu, Iran won the title after defeating the UAE 7-2.
Iran talisman Mohammadali Mokhtari has been crowned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Top Scorer following the conclusion of the tournament.
Twenty-six-year-old Mokhtari scored a total of 12 goals, including two in the final against the United Arab Emirates, a double in Iran's semi-final defeat of Japan, a whopping four against host Malaysia in the campaign opener, three against China and one in his side's win over Bahrain.
“This is a very exciting moment both for me and my team to win all these awards. These were achieved not through my efforts alone but through the hard work of the whole squad,”Mokhtari said.
“But the most important thing was to win the championship and going forward to prepare for the World Cup, which definitely will be a different tournament from the Asian championship. I'll give my best and do even better in the World Cup,” he added.
Iran also grabbed the Fair Play award at the tournament.