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India captain Chhetri wins 2017 AIFF Player of the Year award

July 22, 2018 21:29 IST

Sunil Chhetri

IMAGE: Sunil Chhetri celebrates scoring a goal. Photograph: PTI

Inspirational captain Sunil Chhetri was on Sunday named the 2017 All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year by the national body in New Delhi.

Chhetri recently became only the second Indian footballer to play 100 international matches after Baichung Bhutia.

Chhetri is a star striker for both India and Bengaluru FC.

 

While Chhetri was declared the 2017 AIFF Player of the Year in the men's category, Kamala Devi was adjudged the 2017 AIFF woman Player of the Year.

Young Anirudh Thapa, who had impressed everyone with his performance in the four-nation Intercontinental Cup which India won, was declared as the 2017 Emerging Player of the Year.

E Panthoi was named the 2017 woman Emerging Player of the Year, an AIFF statement said.

2017 AIFF Award winners:

2017 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme: Kerala FA.

2017 AIFF Award for long-time contribution to Indian Football: Hero Motocorp.

2017 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee: Sumanta Datta (Assam).

2017 AIFF Award for Best Referee: C R Srikrishna.

2017 AIFF Emerging Woman Footballer of the Year: E Panthoi.

2017 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year: Anirudh Thapa.

2017 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year: Kamala Devi.

2017 AIFF Player of the Year: Sunil Chhetri.

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