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Boussoufa the best in Belgium

Published: Monday 18 May 2009, 10.46CET
RSC Anderlecht's Mbark Boussoufa has been named as Belgium's Player of the Season as his side prepare for a title play-off against R. Standard de Liège, yet he would "gladly trade" the award for the championship.
Boussoufa the best in Belgium
Mbark Boussoufa collects the Belgian Player of the Season award ©AFP
Published: Monday 18 May 2009, 10.46CET

Boussoufa the best in Belgium

RSC Anderlecht's Mbark Boussoufa has been named as Belgium's Player of the Season as his side prepare for a title play-off against R. Standard de Liège, yet he would "gladly trade" the award for the championship.

RSC Anderlecht attacking midfielder Mbark Boussoufa has been named as Belgium's Player of the Season as his side prepare for a title play-off against R. Standard de Liège, yet he said: "I am happy with the award but would gladly trade it for the title."

Second double
The 24-year-old, who last week won the Ebony Boot award for Belgium's best player of African origin, was elected to his latest honour ahead of KAA Gent's Bryan Ruiz and Standard's Dieu Mbokani, with the votes coming from coaches and fellow professionals in the Eerste Klasse. It is the second time the Amsterdam-born Moroccan international has won both prizes in one season, having done so in 2006 with Gent.

Two-legged decider
Anderlecht and Standard, who feature 2008 Player of the Season Milan Jovanović and this campaign's Coach of the Season Laszlo Bölöni, will face each other in Brussels on 21 May and in Liège three days later to decide the Belgian title after finishing the regular season level on points. In other awards, KSC Lokeren OV's Barry Boubacar Copa was named Goalkeeper of the Season, Jérôme Efong Nzolo was honoured as the nation's top referee while keeper Silvio Proto's added-time header for KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen in a 2-2 draw against Gent on 28 September was elected as Goal of the Season.

Last updated: 18/05/09 11.19CET

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