Best teams and footballers awarded by KFA
According to latest polls, Ali Aziz from Ararat FC was named the best footballer of 2013/2014 season
This season's Kurdistan league champions, runners up, best goalkeepers, footballers, and top scorers in Kurdistan Region were awarded. The awarding ceremony, which was organized by the Kurdistan Football Association (KFA), was held in Erbil’s Sheraton Hotel on 27 June.
The ceremony was attended by many Kurdish sports officials including: the Kurdistan Olympic Committee Head, Salah Hassan Khasro, KFA president, Safeen Kanabi, Iraqi Football Association President, Abdulkhaliq Masoud and a good number of press correspondents.
Zeravani FC which held the first place at the Kurdistan Football Premier League was officially honored as champions and Hawler FC which ended the League as runners up was granted as the best second team.
According to the poll results, Ali Aziz from Ararat FC was named as the best footballer in the Premier League after winning most of the votes.
Naming Aziz as best footballer came a few days after the Kurdistan Premier League ended. During the season, Aziz played a significant role in achieving good results for his team, and gave wonderful performances in most of the matches.
Zakho FC's goalkeeper, Dlovan Mahdi, won the title of Kurdistan's best goalkeeper for the second consecutive year.
Hiwa Omer from Handren FC was named the season's top scorer after scoring 14 goals in 26 games.
The best footballers for First Division League were also announced and awarded in the same ceremony. Younis Noori from Koya FC was able to win best player award. Abdulqadier Taha from Brayati FC was named as top scorer after scoring 11 goals. The best goalkeeper award was given to New Sirwan Club keeper, Bgar Anwar.
The KFA president, Safeen Kanabi appreciated the Kurdish Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani and the governors of the Kurdistan Region cities for their continuous support to make this year’s Football League succeed.
Concerning the security condition in Kurdistan Region and Iraq, Kanabi said: “We as sportspeople are ready to carry weapons along with the Peshmarga forces to defend Kurdistan.”
Kanabi eventually hoped that newly formed Kurdish government will further pay attention to sports issues in the region.
The selection of the best footballers was primarily based on the reports and votes of observers who observed all the matches during the whole season. The players' performances, their impact on the match results and their ethical sides were all taken into consideration.
Awarding best footballers, top scorers and best keepers takes place annually after the domestic league ends in August. To avoid prejudgments, this year KFA appointed journalists to observe the matches and the players' performances.
Kurdistan best footballers for 20132014 season awarded by Kurdistan Football Association.