Sasa Ognenovski – king of Asia

Ognenovski receives the trophy from AFC president Mohamed Bin HammamThe Australian of Macedonian origin opened the score and eventualy lift the trophy at the end plus claimed the Man of the Match and tournament’s Most Valuable Player awards.

Sasa Ognenovski, the 31-years-old defender of ethnic Macedonian origin won the Asian Champions League with his team Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma from South Korea. The Pegasus’ beat Iranian side Zob Ahan with 3:1 in the final that was played in the capital of Japan, Tokyo.

Ognenovski celebrates his goalOgnenovski, who captained his team, opened the score in the 29th minute after a throw-in created confusion in the Iranian box. Sasa’s team scored the second goal thanks to Cho Byung-Kuk’s header in the 53rd minute as 14 minutes later Iranian national team player Mohammad Reza Khalatbari brought back Ziob Ahan in the game with his goal for 2:1. Seven minutes from time Kim Cheol-Ho sealed the win as the Pegasus’ won their second Champions League title (first was in 1996).

Ognenovski was voted Man of the Match and tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He will have his debut for Australia on Wednesday against Egypt.

Next month with his team he will play at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi where he could face Goran Pandev’s Internazionale. That will happen only if Seongnam beats the winner of the play-off game Al-Wahda (UAE) – Hekari United (Papua New Guinea).


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