Omar Abdulrahman was honoured yesterday by His Royal Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the 9th edition of the Mohammed bin Rashid Creativity Awards, with the prize coming just a few days after the 23rd Gulf Cup Final disappointment against Oman.
The attacking midfielder, also known as Amoory, missed a penalty against Oman for the UAE national team in the 90th minute of the 23rd Gulf Cup Final to prevent his nation from winning the trophy for the 3rd time. As regular and extra time ended at 0-0, both sides went to penalties, and it was Amoory who missed the only penalty, allowing Oman to win 5-4.
His performance from the spot during the final has led to a great deal of controversy in the UAE footballing scene, and it only lit up even further when he was crowned as the winner of the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Sporting Creativity. Many Emirati fans have started to question whether he is deserving of such an award after failing to lead his nation to the World Cup, and the Gulf Cup trophy.
The reason for his win, according to the organisers of the awards was due to his performance in the last few years, notably winning the 2016 AFC Player of the Year alongside winning a host of awards including the best Emirati player, the best GCC player and the best Arab player.