Brazilian attacking midfielder Rodrigo Tabata wins Qatar's best player award

The Brazilian scored 17 goals and provided nine assists during the 2011-12 campaign to help Al Rayyan finish third and the club swooped a number of awards as well
Former Besiktas and Santos attacking midfielder Rodrigo Tabata has capped a stellar 2011-12 campaign by winning the Qatar Football Association best player award at the Aspire Dome on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Brazilian contributed 17 goals and nine assists for Al Rayyan who finished the season in third spot on the table, while they lifted the Heir Apparent cup.

“This is a very special moment for me. Winning this award will definitely inspire me to greater heights,” Tabata said after winning the honour.

Tabata also claimed €21,000 (QR$100,000) with the award, having claimed the same amount after netting four goals in an 8-2 win over Qatar SC two months ago.

Al Rayyan boss Diego Aguirre won the best coach award, ahead of Djamel Belmadi who guide Lekhwiya to their second consecutive title.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Al Rayyan midfielder Abdulla Afifa continued the club's sweep of the awards with the best young player honour.

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