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Jeje, Sasmita Malik, Rowlin Borges, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu wins AIFF awards

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Jeje Lalpekhlua is 2016 AIFF player of the year ...

Jeje Lalpekhlua has been nominated as the ‘2016 AIFF Player of the Year.’ The announcement was made by Mr. Praful Patel, President, AIFF at the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held at the AIFF Football House in New Delhi on Wednesday (December 21, 2016).

He will be presented a prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh along with with the glittering Trophy.

An elated Jeje mentioned that he was “honoured” on being chosen as the ‘2016 AIFF Player of the Year.’

“This year has really gone great for me. This award is another motivation for me to reap more in the future,” he stated.

Furthermore, Sasmita Malik was conferred with the 2016 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year. The Odisha-based footballer will be bestowed with a prize of Rs. 2 lakh besides a Trophy.

“I thank the AIFF for their constant support and help. I revere the Awards lauded to me by the AIFF a lot and these are the things which matter the most to you as a Player,” she told.

AIFF inducts two '2016 AIFF Award for Special Recognition' awards for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Uvena Fernandes. They will be bestowed with Rs. 1 lakh and a trophy apiece.

Gurpreet represented Stabaek FC in the Europa League, first Indian to feature in a Europa League fixture whereas Uvena Fernandes is the first Indian Official to officiate in a World Cup final match. She officiated the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2016 final in Jordan.

Meanwhile, Rowllin Borges was declared as the ‘2016 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year.’

Speaking to AIFF Media, Rowllin Borges thanked AIFF for the “recognition.”

“As a Player, it’s my duty to give my best. Being conferred with such an Award means a lot to me. The recognition motivates me further,” he maintained.

Sanju, an integral part of the team who won the South Asian Games 2016, was being honoured with the '2016 AIFF Emerging Women Footballer of the Year' award.

“I am in loss of words having received the news of the award. It means a lot to me and I am so happy that I could achieve this. I thank the AIFF for their constant support and exposure. And without a platform provided by the AIFF, I don’t know where I would be,” Sanju opined.

Furthermore, Punjab Football Association snapped the ‘2016 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Programme.’

The ‘2015 AIFF Award for long-time contribution to Indian Football was awarded to Nike.

Pranjal Banerjee from IFA won ‘2016 AIFF Award for Best Referee’ along with Joseph Tony was awarded the ‘2016 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee’.

2016 AIFF AWARDS AT A GLANCE:

2016 AIFF Player of the Year: Jeje Lalpekhlua

2016 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year: Sasmita Malik

2016 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year: Rowllin Borges

2016 AIFF Emerging Woman Footballer of the Year: Sanju

2016 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme: Punjab Football Association

2016 AIFF Award for long-time contribution to Indian Football: Nike

2016 AIFF Award for Best Referee: Pranjal Banerjee

2016 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee: Joseph Tony

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF AIFF PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

1992: IM Vijayan

1993: VP Sathyan

1994: Jo Paul Ancheri

1995: Bhaichung Bhutia

1996: Bruno Coutinho

1997: IM Vijayan

2000: IM Vijayan

2001: Jo Paul Ancheri

2002: Deepak Mondal

2003: Tomba Singh

2004: S. Venkatesh

2005: Climax Lawrence

2006: Surkumar Singh

2007: Sunil Chhetri

2008: Bhaichung Bhutia

2009: Subrata Paul

2010: Gouramangi Singh

2011: Sunil Chhetri

2012: Syed Rahim Nabi

2013: Sunil Chhetri

2014: Sunil Chhetri

2015: Eugeneson Lyngdoh

Published: Wed Dec 21, 2016 09:05 PM IST

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