The Singapore vice-captain and LionsXII midfielder paid tribute to his teammates as well after their recent excellent victory against Syria
He is the first Singaporean to win the award after a man-of-the-match midfield performance in the recent 2-1 victory over Syria in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
Hariss dominated the middle of the park and also set up Gabriel Quak for the second goal, helping the Lions to their first competitive victory under new coach Bernd Stange.
According to Goal Singapore Senior Editor Teo Teng Kiat: “Hariss never stopped running and was at times a one-man show as he gave the Syrians no time and space throughout the entire game, setting the foundations for Bernd Stange's first competitive win as coach.”
In an exclusive interview with Goal Singapore, Hariss revealed his joy and receiving the award.
:It’s an honour for me to get this award,” Hariss said.
“To get recognised for my performance and hard work, it makes me want to continue working hard and be better.”
Despite the individual accolade, Hariss took the opportunity to pay tribute to his teammates as well.
"Of course I’m very happy to be recognised at such an important and crucial qualifer game,” Hariss said.
“[But] my teammates, many of them performed well [too]. I’m receiving this award on behalf of them, because they did well also.
“As the first Singaporean to get this award it’s a privilege for me, and this is a recognition not only for myself but the team as well.”