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Matildas coach Sermanni wins Asian award
« on: November 07, 2007, 07:07:10 AM »
Tom Sermanni has won the Asian Football Confederation's women's team coach of the year award following the Matildas' breakthrough World Cup campaign.

Sermanni paid tribute to the players who surprised many by winning through to the World Cup quarter-finals in China in September as he collected the award at a AFC women's awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night.

The Matildas had never previously won a World Cup match and their campaign this year has them ranked at an all-time high of No.12 in the FIFA women's world rankings.

Sermanni won the award ahead of other nominees Hiroshi Ohashi of Japan and North Korea coach Kwang-Min Kim.

"It was a great honour to win the award though really it is a recognition of the hard work and magnificent achievements of the players," Sermanni said in a statement.

Australia's Tammy Ogston was crowned referee of the year after she became the first Australian woman to referee a World Cup final.

However, Matildas' Perth-based midfielder Collette McCallum lost out on the major award of the evening - the AFC women's player of the year - to North Korea's Ri Kun Suk, and the team also missed out on the Asian national team of the year award to fellow World Cup quarter-finalist North Korea.

Coach Sermanni said it was a credit to the changing face of football in Australia that there had been so many nominations from the AFC this year.

"It was pleasing to see Australia nominated in so many categories which is evidence of how far we have progressed in recent years," Sermanni said.