Posthumous award made
It was a day of remembrance at Kiwitea St on March 16.
The late Keryn Jordan was named the ASB Premiership Player of the Decade in a presentation held before the grand final match between Auckland City and Team Wellington.
Jordan died on October 21 last year at the age of 37 after a long battle with cancer.
He had returned to South Africa in January to be with family after he found out his cancer had worsened.
The former Navy Blues striker was known for his dynamic goalscoring throughout Africa and Oceania.
He racked up more goals than any other player in Auckland City FC’s history during his time playing for the club from 2005 to 2010.
The ASB Premier Player and Team of the Decade promotions have been running in the 10th anniversary season of the competition.
Fans got to vote for the players they thought had the biggest impact on the competition since its inception in 2004 – and voting settled overwhelmingly on Jordan.
Jordan’s former City coach Allan Jones says the striker was a unique game-changer.
‘‘Keryn had a massive effect both within the team and in the league.
‘‘Opponents were so conscious of his presence that by over-covering the space he would use often provided the opportunity for players breaking from our midfield to score.’’
Club chairman Ivan Vuksich says the vote demonstrates just how influential Jordan was.
‘‘After the tremendous impact Keryn had on our club, he will always hold a special place in the hearts of Auckland City FC’s members and supporters.
‘‘It’s a fitting testament to his talent and his impact on the league that he has been recognised with this honour.’’
Jordan was also named among the starting XI for ASB Premiership Team of the Decade.
Players from Auckland City and Waitakere United dominate the team.
There is only one player in it, Aaron Clapham of Canterbury United, who has not appeared for either of the two Auckland clubs.
Strong presence: Auckland players in the Young Ferns team include Isabella Richards, Jade Parris, Martine Puketapu, Abigail Roper, Bella Kingi, Elizabeth Anton and Daisy Cleverley.
Decade favourite: The late Keryn Jordan in action for Auckland City FC.