Jeje wins AIFF player of year award

While Jamil was rewarded for his hard work, Jeje Lalpekhlua, India national team striker who scored India’s second goal in the recently played international friendly against Nepal, adjudged the 2016 AIFF Player of the Year.

Award winners with AIFF chief Praful Patel in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  AIFF

Guiding Aizawl FC to it’s first-ever I-League title win, Khalid Jamil was awarded the Syed Abdul Rahim Award for Best Coach in the I-League in the first-ever AIFF Awards in Mumbai on Thursday.

While Jamil was rewarded for his hard work, Jeje Lalpekhlua, India national team striker who scored India’s second goal in the recently played international friendly against Nepal, adjudged the 2016 AIFF Player of the Year.

Sunil Chhetri was adjudged the Hero of the I-League. Aizawl FC’s Alfred Kemah Jaryan won the award for the best mid-fielder. Sasmita Malik, adjudged the 2016 AIFF Women’s player of the year.

The programme was attended by Praful Patel, President, AIFF, Kushal Das, Subrata Dutta, and coach Stephen Constantine. “This is a defining year for Indian football as we prepare to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in less than 100 days. I am confident that with the guidance and support of the Union Government through the Ministry of Sports, we believe we will be able to host the best FIFA U-17 World Cup ever,” Patel said.

Meanwhile, the AIFF inducted former India international Abhishek Yadav in its executive committee as per the requirements of the newly amended constitution, while Anjali Shah was nominated as the second woman member of the highest decision-making body.

The Awards list

I-League 2016-17 Emerging Player: Jerry Lalrinzuala (DSK Shivajians).

Best Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder (Mohun Bagan).

Jarnail Singh Award for Best Defender: Anas Edathodika (Mohun Bagan).

Best Midfielder: Alfred Kemah Jaryan (Aizawl FC).

Best Striker: Aser Pierric Dipanda Dicka (Shillong Lajong FC).

Highest Scorer: Aser Pierric Dipanda Dicka (Shillong Lajong FC).

Syed Abdul Rahim Award for Best Coach: Khalid Jamil (Aizawl FC).

I-League Hero: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC).

Best Home-match Organiser: DSK Shivajians and Bengaluru FC.

Fairplay Award 2016-17: Churchill Brothers FC Goa

Special categories

Special Award for first Indian club to play in AFC Cup Final 2016: JSW Bengaluru FC.

Special Recognition Award: Uvena Fernandes.

Special Recognition Award: Gurpreet Singh.

Emerging Woman Player 2016: Sanju

Emerging Player for 2016: Rowllin Borges.

Woman Player of 2016: Sasmita Malik.

Player of the Year 2016: Jeje Lalpekhlua.

2016 AIFF Best Grassroots Program: Punjab

2016 AIFF Assistant Referee of the Year: Joseph Tony.

2016 AIFF Referee of the Year: Pranjal Banerjee.

Long-time contribution to Indian football: Nike

 

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