29 year old Japan international captain Saki Kumagai who was named the AFC Women’s Player of the Year at the 2019 AFC Annual Awards on Monday elated with the award.

The French based player gives all credit to her team mates at the event in Hong Kong.

“It is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who supported me, especially my teammates in the national team and Olympique Lyonnais.

“They’ve helped me grow up as a footballer and their support has led me to this stage. This award will continue to motivate me to perform to the best of my abilities,” said Kumagai

She is the fourth Japan nadeshiko player to win the award after Homare Sawa (twice), Natsuko Hara and Aya Miyama (three times).