Eugeneson Lyngdoh has been voted as the ‘2015 AIFF Player of the Year.’ The announcement was made by AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel at AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held in Goa on Sunday (December 20, 2015).
Lyngdoh was chosen the winner on basis of votes from Coaches of I-League Clubs. He will be presented a prize of Rs. 2 lakh besides the glittering Trophy.
An elated Lyngdoh confessed to www.the-aiff.com that he was “honoured” on being chosen as the ‘2015 AIFF Player of the Year.’
“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.
Furthermore, 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 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.
Meanwhile Pritam Kotal was declared the ‘2015 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year.’
Speaking to www.the-aiff.com, Kotal 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.
AIFF also introduced a new Award – the ‘2015 AIFF merging Woman Footballer of the Year’ and it was bagged by Pyari Xaxa.
“The AIFF Emerging Woman Player of the Year Award means the World 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,” Pyari opined.
Furthermore, 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 Kennedy.
2015 AIFF AWARDS AT A GLANCE:
2015 AIFF Player of the Year: Eugeneson Lyngdoh
2015 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year: Bala Devi
2015 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year: Pritam Kotal
2015 AIFF Emerging Woman Footballer of the Year: Pyari Xaxa
2015 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme: Football Association of Odisha
2015 AIFF Award for long time contribution to Indian Football: Coca Cola
2015 AIFF Award for Best Referee: CR Srikrishna
2015 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee: Sapam Kennedy
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
Courtesy: AIFF Media