The 2016 FIFA Puskas award winner Mohd Faiz Subri today received the Ahli Cemerlang Semangat Jerai Kedah (A.S.K) honorary medal from Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

Mohd Faiz received the award during an investiture ceremony held at the Balai Penghadapan (audience hall), Istana Anak Bukit here.

He was among 164 recipients conferred with honorary titles and medals in conjunction with the 89th birthday of the Sultan of Kedah.

The 30-year-old player from Penang created history as the first Asian to have won the FIFA Puskas award in January through a spellbinding goal in a freekick during the Super League competition between Penang and Pahang on Feb 16 last year.

Also receiving the A.S.K honorary medal were 31 Kedah players and officials, including Mohd Syazwan Zainol, Muhammad Shafiq Ahmad, Abdul Halim Saari, Mohd Ifwat Akmal Che Kassim, Ahmad Fakhri Saarani and Mohd Rizal Ghazali.

Kedah skipper Baddrol Bakhtiar, Khairul Helmi Johari and Abdul Hadi Abdul Hamid received the Bintang Kebaktian Masyarakat (B.K.M) honorary medal while import player Sandro Da Silva received the Ahli Cemerlang Semangat Jerai Kedah Kehormat.

Meanwhile Mohd Faiz, when met, said the award was an encourgement for him to continue to be successful in the sport of fooball, making Malaysia proud at the international level.

"I am grateful to the Sultan of Kedah for this award and pledge to continue focusing on footbal and strive in improving myself for the team and country," he said.

Also present to accompany him were his wife, Nor Zawanis Hashim, 30, children Akif Fayyadh, 5, and Mohd Aqil Zayyan, 10 months, and his mother Sadiah Ishak, 56. --Bernama