A team’s success depends very much on some key players and their performance during the season. It is often said that any player is as good as his last performance and some players came of age last season.
Last season was also remarkable due to the fact that a player who has dominated the local football scene for years had a poor run. Ali Ashfag for the first time in recent years had a season to forget as injuries hampered his performances.
Let’s have a look at some of the dominant players last season and how their performance helped their respective clubs achieve success in the season.
5. Imran Nasheed, Club Eagles
Few years back, nobody really knew him. But thanks to Club Eagles and coach Ihusan Abdul Ghani for giving the opportunity for talented players like him to succeed. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and he repaid Eagles for their faith in him well with a stellar performances and captaining the club to their first ever title. He rose from an unknown figure to a key footballer both for Club Eagles and Maldives national team during 2016.
4. Hassan Adhuham, Valencia
He made more headlines for his discipline than what he did on the pitch in the past but last season was a completely different one. Clubs refused to sign him for a history of poor discipline but it looked like he was more focused on proving everyone wrong this time. Club Valencia could have easily played relegation play-off but their successful run in the early games of the season and finally winning the FA Cup title was charecterized by the good performances of this player.
3. Asadhullah Abdullah, Maziya
Best known for his killer instinct infront of the goal, Asadullah has been dominating the goal scoring chart in recent times. He was key to Maziya’s recent successes and that clearly justifies club management’s top priority in always keeping hold of their prized asset. Asadhullah is one player they must be thankful for their league triumph.
2. Sujan Perera, Club Eagles
Sri Lankan goal keepers have had a colourful history in Maldivian football. In 2005, Sadun made history by playing a key role in taking New Radiant to the semi final of AFC Cup and last season another goal keeper from Sri Lanka made history with club Eagles as they secured their first top flight title in President’s Cup. He has been sensational in recent years with Eagles and his performance in Maldives was well paid off as Sri Lanka federation offered the youngster the national team armband.
1. Ali Fasir, TC Sports Club
A top player in Maldives football for many seasons but his best came with TC Sports last season. He secured the top scorer golden boot this time but also is the choice for best player by the majority of local pundits. The only regret in Fasir’s one year deal with TC is that he failed to win any silverware with the club. But his performance was surely paid off as former club New Radiant offered an excellent contract to move back to blues.