Albirex Niigata (Singapore) won two of the biggest awards on offer at the 2011 S.League Awards Night on Tuesday to add to their League Cup triumph earlier in the season.
Tatsuro Inui upset firm favourites and Singapore national team regulars Hariss Harun and Safuwan Baharudin of Courts Young Lions for the Young Player of the Year award.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder notched 14 goals in the league this season to finish behind Shotaro Ihata in the club's scoring charts.
Tatsuro Inui | The Young Player of the Year poses with his award
Inui, a former JEF United player, thanked his team-mates for playing a role in his success and expressed gratitude to everyone related to the S.League, expressing his hope for the league to be developed further to fit his belief that the competition has room to grow.
Albirex's head coach, Koichi Sugiyama, also upset the odds by picking up the Coach of the Year accolade, beating Home United's Paul Lee Lim Saeng and Tampines Rovers' Steven Tan, who had won the Singapore Cup and the S.League title respectively.
Koichi Sugiyama | The Albirex coach proudly receives his prize
Sugiyama, in only his second year of management at the club, led the team to their first cup triumph as well as a runners-up position in the Singapore Cup and a fourth-place finish in the league, their best showings in their seven years of competition in Singapore.
Expressing his appreciation for everyone associated with his club and league, Sugiyama promised to continue to contribute to the development of football in Singapore, exclaiming, “I love football and I love Singapore!”
Albirex also clinched the Fair Play Award for their disciplined showing this season to round off a hugely succesful night for the club.
Zeng Liwei, who clinched Goal.com's first ever nomination, unfortunately lost out on his bid for the Picture of the Year award.
Player of the Year | Mislav Karoglan, also Top Scorer, was the night's other big winner
Other key award-winners for the night included Mislav Karoglan of Singapore Armed Forces FC, who picked up the Top Scorer trophy as well as the coveted Player of the Year award, and his team-mate and former Singapore skipper, Indra Sahdan, who received a milestone award for reaching 200 league goals this season.