MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Azkals co-captain Chieffy Caligdong is in the running to win the first Asean Football Federation (AFF) Player of the Year Award, according to an online report.
Caligdong was nominated along with Thailand's star player Teerasil Dangda, Singapore’s Shahril Ishak and Myanmar’s Kyi Lin.
According to Fox Sports Asia’s Gabriel Tan, the list of nominees was confirmed by AFF assistant general secretary Toh Sen Nee.
The 30-year-old left winger helped the Azkals to win the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup by scoring a goal in against Chinese Taipei last September.
Last November, Caligdong also powered the Philippine team to a 1-0 win over Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup.
He was recently named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees for 2012.
The Player of the Year award will be one of the 18 awards to be handed out in AFF’s awarding ceremony this April. The other accolades to be given out are Coach of the Year, Team of the Year and National Team of the Year.
"AFF formed a committee consisting of key appointment holders in various departments and came up with the lists of nominees," said Toh. "We want to honor the best but at the moment, we are still learning from the other federations as we try to make progress."