Posted on December 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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The first Asian Football Awards planned for 2012

The inaugural Asian Football Awards due to be held at London’s Wembley Stadium with the support of The Fa and Kick It Out, aims to recognise the outstanding contribution to both the game and grassroots initiatives by individuals and groups across the UK with South Asian heritage.

Held on January 14, 2012, and hosted by Dharmesh Sheth from Sky Sports News,  the high profile event has been organised in partnership between Initiate Sports and Inventive Sports.

Some of the initial nominations include; Michael Chopra (Ipswich Town), Zesh Rehman (Muang Thong Utd), Anwar Uddin (Barnet FC), Dr Zaf Iqbal (Liverpool FC), Rimla Akhtar (MWSF), Permi Jhooti (FIFA Ambassador), Lakshmi Mittal and Tony Fernandes (QPR FC).

Co-founder of the Asian Football Awards, Imran Hassan said: “We have seen positive movement within the development of Asians in the game. We feel that recognition and acknowledgment of individuals and organisations is a fundamental part of developing more individuals in the professional game.

“I am delighted to be involved with the Asian Football Awards and look forward to celebrating all aspects of the game from investors, players, coaches and those involved behind the scenes.”

There will be 14 different categories which are open for nominations for nominations for individuals with a heritage from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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