Shinji Kagawa and Michael Chopra Lead Asian Football Awards 2013 Nominations

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterSeptember 18, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United wins the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on September 17, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa might not have played as much as he and many supporters would have wanted so far this season, but the former Borussia Dortmund man is still the standout name in the Asian Football Awards 2013.

The Japan international features alongside South Korea stars Ki Sung-Yeung, who is on loan currently to Sunderland from Swansea City, and Kim Bo-Kyung of Cardiff City in the South-East Asian Player of the Year category.

Blackpool striker Michael Chopra, who has been part of the squad which is leading the Championship table, is the big name in the Asian Player of the Year category.

The former Ipswich, Cardiff and Sunderland will be up against Wolves defender Danny Batth, who has been a mainstay of the Molineux team this season, and Swansea defender Neil Taylor.

West Bromwich Albion striker Adil Nabi, who is recovering from a cruciate knee injury, is included among the nominations for Young Asian Player of the Year.

Nabi's brother, Samir, who also plays for West Brom, is among the nominations for the Up & Coming Asian Player of the Year, alongside Liverpool midfielder Yan Dhanda, who left The Hawthorns for Anfield this summer.

Away from the pitch, Tottenham Hotspur club doctor Shabaaz Mughal is nominated in the Behind The Scenes (Medical) category after helping to save the life of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during an FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane in 2012.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 8.


Award Nominees

Player (Sponsored by GOALS Soccer Centres)

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Michael Chopra (Blackpool), Neil Taylor (Swansea and Wales)


Young Player (Sponsored by Sky Ex)

Jhai Dhillon (Stevenage), Adil Nabi (West Bromwich Albion), Malvind Benning (Walsall), Josh Shama (Oxford United)


Up & Coming Player (Sponsored by Pinder Reaux Solicitors)

Dylan Lall (Brighton & Hove Albion), Samir Nabi (West Bromwich Albion), Yan Dhanda (Liverpool)


South-East Asian Player (Sponsored by Korea Foods)

Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea and South Korea), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United and Japan), Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff and South Korea)


Non-League Player

Jey Siva (Wealdstone), Jasbir Singh (Solihull Moors), Adnan Ahmad (Droylsden), Netan Sansara (Boston United), Aman Verma (Stockport County)



Irfan Kawri (Wigan Athletic scout/coach/mentor), Punjabi Wolves (Wolverhampton), Kashif Siddiqi (Northampton Town FC/KSF Foundation, west London), Sab Bham (Salaam Peace, east London), Akeel Tahir (Manchester United Deaf Team)


Asian Team (Sponsored by Getty Images)

Albion Sports FC (Bradford), FC Leytonstone (east London), Indian Gymkhana FC (SSH) (west London), Sporting Khalsa (West Midlands), Mahal FC (Birmingham), Khalsa Football Academy (Bedfordshire), Sporting Bengal United (Mile End, east London), Punjab United Wolves (Wolverhampton)


Woman in Football

Mehrun Ahmed (Football Unites Racism Divides), Saddiqa Shan (Coventry University), Manisha Tailor (Coach / Brentford FC Scout & Rachel Yankey Football Programme), Samana Fazel (All Sports Women), Ayesha Abdeen (Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation)


Behind the Scenes, Medical

Sangi Patel (Queens Park Rangers), Shabaaz Mughal (Tottenham Hotspur), Imran Alam (Clyde), Zaf Iqbal (Liverpool)


Behind the Scenes, Administration (Sponsored by Premier)

Harj Hir (Leicester City), Abu Nasir (Liverpool), Naz Ali (Accrington Stanley), Samir Singh (Arsenal)


Coach (Sponsored by Currencies 4 You)

Rehan Mirza (Pro-10 Soccer Academy, Nottinghamshire), Judan Ali (Head of Elite Development - Chinese Taipei), Pav Singh (Leeds United), Kam Uppal (West Bromwich Albion), Bal Singh (Khalsa Football Academy, Bedfordshire)


Development Project (Sponsored by borro)

Salaam Peace (east London), Sport Esprit Academy, Chelsea Asian Star, Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation, Khalsa Football Federation


Unsung Hero (Sponsored by Shampan Group)

Butch Fazal (Chair National Asians in Football Forum), Abdal Ullah (President Stepney FC, east London/founder of Safer Neighbourhood Tournament/councillor), Resham Basra (Managed Guru Nanak Gurdwara team in Bedford), Mesba Ahmad (London Tigers), Mohammed Shahnawaz (Founder of Pakistan International 11/