Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper Presents Annual Football Awards

A press briefing to present annual awards to footballers in Viet Nam was held yesterday by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mr. Tran Van Tuan, Deputy Editor-in-chief of the Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper (standing), delivers a speech at the press briefing.

According to the organizing board, 144 sport experts, coaches, and correspondents nationwide participated in the selection for the Golden Ball, Silver Ball, and Bronze Ball titles.

In addition, they also voted for the Junior Player of 2006 and the Foreign Player of 2006 titles. The result of the voting that took place on March 13 was unveiled by the organizing board and presented the 5 most popular male and female footballers.

The male players include Dong Thap Club striker Phan Thanh Binh, Song Lam Nghe An Club (SLNA) defender Nguyen Huy Hoang, Dong Tam Long An Club midfielder Nguyen Minh Phuong, Khanh Hoa Club midfielder Le Tan Tai, and SLNA striker Le Cong Vinh.

Female players include the Ho Chi Minh City team’s midfielder Doan Thi Kim Chi, the Ha Noi team’s striker Bui Thi Tuyet Mai, the Ha Tay team’s midfielder Dao Thi Mien, the Ha Nam team’s midfielder Van Thi Thanh, and Than Cua Ong team’s defender Bui Thi Tuyet.

Aimed at raising the event’s excitement, the organizing board decided to announce the names of the winners at an awards ceremony on April 2. However, at the press briefing, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s representatives handed the prize for Foreign Player of the Year to Brazilian striker Elenildo De Jesus, who plays for Cang Sai Gon Club, and received 61 votes.

The prize of Junior Player of 2006 went to 19 year old defender Nguyen Thanh Long Giang for Tien Giang Club.

By D.T - Translated by Hoang Uy

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