Adnan among finalists for AFC award.
Adnan will compete for the award with Japan's Yasuhito Endo and Kengo Nakamura, Iran's Hadi Aghily and Syria's Firas Al Khatib, the AFC said.
Endo is the only candidate of the five who has been nominated before, when he qualified in 2008.
"The magnificent five have been in the thick of AFC and Fifa competitive action throughout the year and make the cut because of the Most Valuable Player points they amassed in these outings," the AFC said.
Server Djeparov, of Bunyodkor and Uzbekistan, is the reigning AFC Player of the Year.
The award, along with 17 others, will be handed out at the AFC's Annual Awards in Kuala Lumpur on November 24.
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