Asian Premiership duo honoured
By Patrick Goss. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
TWO Premiership players have been announced in the final four candidates for the Asian Footballer of the Year award for 2002.
Everton's Li Tie and Fulham star Junichi Inamoto were unveiled amongst a foursome that also includes Korean superstar Ahn Jung-hwan and Feyenoord's Shinji Ono.
All of the quartet shone in last summer's World Cup, with Korean Ahn outstanding for the co-hosts as they reached the semi-final stages.
Ahn left Italian club Perugia in acrimonious circumstances to return to the Far East to join J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse.
The two Japanese players all played a part in getting the other co-hosts through to the second round for the first time in the nation's history.
Inamoto continued to impress for Fulham in the pre-season Intertoto Cup, as the West London side won the trophy and progressed into the Uefa Cup.
Li Tie was a key man as Everton flourished under David Moyes, and has established himself as a Premiership class player.
Finally Shinji Ono helped Feyenoord to the Uefa Cup, and, in doing so, became only the second Asian player to lift a major European trophy.
The winner of the award will be announced on Wednesday.