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Lyngdoh, Bala Devi bag top AIFF awards

Source: PTI
December 20, 2015 14:38 IST
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Eugeneson Lyngdoh

IMAGE: Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Photographs: AIFF Media

Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh ended Sunil Chettri's two-year hold on the AIFF men's Player of the Year trophy, while in-form striker Bala Devi was chosen for the women's honour for a second successive time in the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held in Goa, on Sunday.

Lyngdoh was chosen the winner on basis of votes from Coaches of I-League Clubs and he will be presented a prize of Rs two lakh besides a Trophy.

An elated Lyngdoh said he was ‘honoured’ on being chosen for the award.

"The fact that I was voted by the I-League Coaches makes it all the more special for me. This is just a motivation to do better," he stated.

Bala Devi

IMAGE: Bala Devi. Photographs: AIFF Media

Bala Devi was declared the 2015 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year. The 25-year old would be presented a prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

Bala Devi scored 16 goals in 5 matches in the SAFF Women's Championship in Pakistan last year to propel India to the gold medal.

"Winning the first Award in 2014 was so satisfying. Retaining it was a challenge and more satisfying," she said.

Pritam Kotal was declared the '2015 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year.' AIFF also introduced a new Award -- the '2015 AIFF emerging Woman Footballer of the Year' -- and it was bagged by Pyari Xaxa.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Odisha (FAO) bagged the '2015 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Programme.'

The '2015 AIFF Award for long time contribution to Indian Football was awarded to Coca Cola. Meanwhile, CR Srikrishna won '2015 AIFF Award for Best Referee' while the '2015 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee' was awarded to Sapam Knnedy.

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