JEJE LALPEKHLUA IS 2016 AIFF PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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AIFF Media Team

 

NEW DELHI: 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 to www.the-aiff.com 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 www.the-aiff.com.

 

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 www.the-aiff.com, 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.

 

Rowllin Borges & Sanju will be bestowed with a cheque of Rs. 1 Lakh and a trophy.

 

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’.

 

Pranjal Banerjee & Joseph Tony will be presented with a cash prize of Rs. 1.5 Lakh and Rs. 1 Lakh respectively along with a trophy.

 

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

Posted on : Wednesday December 21, 2016