Arion's Chris Yip-Au surprised by nomination

After a year off from football, the diminutive player has returned to dazzle on the field and earn a Women’s Player of the Year nomination for the Goal Singapore Football Awards

Arion FA midfielder Chris Yip-Au’s superb ball control and lung-bursting runs are key features of her game, and topped only by her goal-scoring abilities.

After a season in which Chris has served her team with distinction, including being the current top-scorer for the FAS Women’s Challenge Cup, the petite 19-year-old has been nominated for the Goal Singapore Football Awards Women’s Player of the Year.

Chris was surprised by her nomination, as she has never paid thought to gaining any accolades while playing the sport she loves.

“I just came back this year because I took a break last year for studying and so I was very surprised that I got nominated because I just want to play football and play for my team,” the former Victoria Junior College captain explained.

“As long as we (Arion) play together and we play good football, winning becomes a bonus, and I feel this award is another bonus for me."

Reflecting on the hard work that she put in to return to football, Chris feels that her efforts have played a part in her being nominated.

“Maybe it’s (the nomination) another motivation for me to work even harder,” Chris mused.

“Because when I came back I knew my fitness wasn’t really good. I was really knocked down a few times and in the end I went to train earlier to get back my fitness. I think it really reflects on my hard work and it is a [sort of] determination for me to get back up again.

A former national Under-16 player, the modest Chris has played down her chances of winning the award, however, and insisted her fellow nominees were more deserving of the award.

“I really feel happy to be nominated, but I feel there are much more better players than me," she said.

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