SEREMBAN – Negeri Sembilan striker Bruno Suzuki was named the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM)-asiana.my player of the month for February 2017.
The Brazilian-born player who grew up in Japan received the highest vote, totalling 1,689, defeating four other candidates, namely Shahrel Fikri of PKNP FC (1,081 votes), Lutfulla Turaev of Terengganu FA (354 votes), Dimitri Bodric of MISC-MIFA (137 Votes) and Dao Bakary of PDRM FA (11 votes).
Bruno received a cash prize of RM500, contributed by 139 associates and MVP Sports Agency; a trophy contributed by Ideasia, sports merchandise voucher worth RM500 from Kobert and a picture and frame courtesy of Asiana.my
“I am pleased to have won this award for the first time and certainly this will spur me to play better for my team.
“This success is dedicated to the management team and teammates for their cooperation on the field, not forgetting the Negeri Sembilan supporters who voted for me,” he said after receiving the award here, today.
The award was presented by PFA Malaysia president Hairuddin Omar, deputy president Rezal Zambery Yahya and chief executive officer Izham Ismail.
Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan coach Mohd Asri Ninggal said the award would also boost the team’s confidence ahead of their match against Sabah on Saturday.
“This is the first time the Negeri Sembilan team has received such an award, and although Bruno won it, but as he just said, the trophy he won was due to a collective effort by all the players.
“It’s a morale boost for the players and I think the other players also feel they can win the award like Bruno in the coming months,” he said.
On the team’s preparation for the game against Sabah, Mohd Asri said he would make sure his players stayed focused and executed the game plan accordingly.
“I feel Sabah would also be preparing very well because they want to bounce back from their defeat in the first round,” he said. – BERNAMA