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Hotshot Henmi named MVP
Friday, 01 June 2012 04:09
futsalwireDubai: With a goal-a-game ratio and a series of standout performances as Japan claimed top honours in the AFC Futsal Championship UAE 2012 has earned Rafael Henmi the Abdullah Al Dabal Award given to the tournament's MVP.

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Dubai: With a goal-a-game ratio and a series of standout performances as Japan claimed top honours in the AFC Futsal Championship UAE 2012 has earned Rafael Henmi the Abdullah Al Dabal Award given to the tournament's MVP.

The 20-year-old, who was part of Nagoya Oceans' 2011 AFC Futsal Club Championship-winning squad, started the competition in emphatic fashion when he confidently dispatched a free-kick in the dying seconds of Japan's opening match to give the eventual champions a hard-fought 3-2 win over Lebanon.

Henmi followed up his match-winning strike with a goal against Tajikistan, a double against Chinese Taipei; the winner in the 1-0 quarter-final victory over Kyrgyzstan and the third in the semi-final defeat of Australia before maintaining his record of scoring in every game with Japan's fifth in the final as Japan outclassed Thailand 6-1 to win the AFC Futsal Championship for the second time.

"I am very, very, very happy to win the championship trophy and have this gold medal and I would have been content with just the title but this MVP award is a real bonus which was only possible because of the help of my colleagues," Henmi told www.the-afc.com after receiving the prestigious individual accolade from AFC Futsal Committee Chairman Richard Lai.

"This is my second medal after winning with Nagoya in the club championship and I have no words to express my feelings.

"In Thailand we will play as Asian champions.

We must continue to work hard.

Our team unity and team spirit were the key here and I hope this will continue at the World Cup." Henmi become only the second Japanese player to be name MVP following Kenichiro Kogure back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006 and Japan coach Miguel Rodrigo believes that the prodigiously talented youngster is exactly the type of player Asian nations should aspire to produce.

"He deserved to win the MVP and he is the archetypal futsal player that plays futsal with joy," said the Spaniard.

"Scoring a goal in every game is not easy and it's something that only big players can do.