Abderrazak Hamdallah and Pedro Emanuel lead way at Saudi Professional League Awards

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Unstoppable Al Nassr centre forward Abderrazak Hamdallah and miracle-working Al Taawoun coach Pedro Emanuel reigned supreme at the 2018/19 Saudi Professional League Awards.

Hamdallah, 28, rocketed in a Kingdom record 34 goals in 26 top-flight appearances to fire his employers towards their first title since 2014/15. This stellar performance in a debut campaign for the ages saw him, predictably, honoured with the Best Player gong in Riyadh during the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Best Coach award was taken home by ex-Porto defender Emanuel. The 44-year-old – coveted by Al Ain – guided Taawoun to a remarkable third-placed finish and landed the grandest trophy of their 63-year history earlier this month with the King’s Cup.

His charge, Muteb Al Mofarij, emerged as the Best Young Saudi Player and imposing Al Hilal midfielder Mohamed Kanno earned the Best Saudi Player gong. Farouk Ben Mustapha, of Al Shabab and Tunisia, was named Best Goalkeeper.

2018/19 SPL AWARDS

Best Young Saudi Player: Muteb Al Mofarij (Al Taawoun, on loan from Al Hilal)

Best Saudi Player: Mohamed Kanno (Al Hilal)

Best Goalkeeper: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab)

Best Coach: Pedro Emanuel (Al Taawoun)

Best Player: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Taawoun)

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