INDIAN FOOTBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED - THE INDIAN LEAGUE

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Monday, 28 September 2015

INDIAN FOOTBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED


FPAI Indian Football Awards 2015 were announced at a glittering Ceremony held at Novotel Hotel in Kolkata. The annual award organised by Football Players of India honors the best players in Indian Football Circuit. Awards were given in 5 categories namely, Indian Player of the Year, Best Foreign Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Life Time Achievement Award and Young Player of the Year.

Players performance for their I League Clubs and National Team is considered for the awards. This Year Special Awards were given to Players for their Out Standing Performance in ISL.

The Winners of this Years INDIAN FOOTBALL AWARDS are:

FAN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jayesh Rane, MUMBAI FC


Jayesh Rane, who plays as a 
Striker for Mumbai FC, was awarded Fan's Player of the Year Award. He played 16 games for his I League side and scored 1 goal. His performance for his club earned him a call for India U23 team for Olympics Qualifier. He was loaned to Chennaiyin FC for 2014 Season of Hero ISL and played five games for them. He will continue his loan spell to Chennaiyin FC for this year's ISL too.






BEST YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON: Thongkhosiem Haokip, PUNE FC


PUNE FC's 22 Year Old Striker, who scored 7 Goals in 2014/15, most by an Indian, has been awarded the Best Young Player of the Season. The Manipuri Lad who started his professional career with the Pune Club after being promoted from their Junior Teams, was the most prolific Indian Player and scored the first hat-trick of the season in a Home game against Shillong Lajong, within fifteen minutes to help his team win the encounter 5-3. He was also selected for India U23 team for Olympic Qualifiers and Played three games.
He edged out Pritam Kotal (Mohun Bagan AC, Sandesh Jhingan (Sporting Club de Goa), Jayesh Rane (Mumbai FC) and K. Udanta Singh (Bengaluru FC) to win the coveted trophy.


INDIAN PLAYER OF THE SEASON: Eugeneson Lyngdoh, BENGALURU FC


Bengaluru FC Medio and Best Mid Fielder of Hero I League 2014/15 Season, won the Indian Player of the Year Award. Former Shillong Lajong and Rangdajied United player, appeared in 33 Games for his Karnataka Club and scored 9 goals in various competition. He was one of the important cog in Bengaluru FC's wheel and was instrumental in their Hero I League Campaign, which saw them ending second after drawing their last game of the season against Mohun Bagan AC. Other Nominee in this category were: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC), Balwant Singh (Mohun Bagan AC), Jaickichand Singh (Royal Wahingdoh FC), Cavin Lobo (Mohun Bagan AC)





BEST FOREIGN PLAYER OF THE SEASON: Sony Norde, MOHUN BAGAN AC

Sony Norde was adjudged as the Best Foreign Player of the season. Sony, who before playing for the Mariners, plied his trade for Bangladeshi Club, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmodi. He played as striker and his partnership with Katsumi Yusa was an important factor in Mohun Bagan's maiden I League triumph. Together they scored 16 goals with Sony socring 9 of those. He edge past Nigerian Striker Ranti Martins (East Bengal FC), Douhou Pierre (Salgaocar FC), Densill Theobald (Royal Wahingdoh FC), Cornell Glen (Shillong Lajong FC) and John Johnson (Bengaluru FC) to win the silverware.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Santosh Kashyap, Royal Wahingdoh FC

Royal Wahingdoh FC Gaffer, Santosh Kashyap who Guided his newly promoted side to their maiden I League sojourn and finished 3rd in the table, won the award for the Best Coach of the Year. Santosh Kashyap was praised for his innovative approach to the game and man management skills. Under his tutelage, the Shillong based side played an attacking brand of football and his team was the one to stop Mohun Bagan's Undefeated run in I League.

Other Nominees: Sonjoy Sen (Mohun Bagan AC), Ashley Westwood (Bengaluru FC), Derrick Pereira (Salgaocar FC), Eelco Schhattorie (East Bengal FC)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Shyam Thapa



Indian Football's Legendary Player and Highest Paid Footballer of his time, Shyam Thapa was the recepient of First FPAI Liftime Achievement Award. Thapa played his football in 60s, 70s and early 80s, which is considered as the golden period of Indian Football. He was discovered by then East Bengal supremo, J.C. Guha during the 1964 Subroto Mukherjee Cup Final match, in which he scored winner for Gorkha Military Higher Secondary School. He scored hat-trick in his debut game against Rajasthan Football Club in 1966 Kolkata League for East Bengal.

In 1970, Shyam Thapa was part of Bronze Medal winning team in Bangkok Asian Games. He scored in the Quarter final match of 1970 Asian Games af\gainst Indonesia. He joined Mohun Bagan AC in1977 and played for the club till 1982. He won 23 tropjies for Mohun Bagan and also captained the side. He became the highest paid footballer of his time when he signed for Mohun Bagan AC at Rs. 50000.



Another set of awards were presented for performance in Indian Super League in the categories: Best Indian, Best Coach and Best Foreign Player.The Winners for which are:

BEST INDIAN PLAYER in ISL: Sandesh Jhingan, KERALA BLASTERS
BEST FOREIGN PLAYER in ISL: Iain Hume, KERALA BLASTERS
BEST COACH in ISL: Antonio Habas Lopex, Atletico de Kolkata

FPAI President, Renedy Singh also presented a Special Award to Mohun Bagan AC for winning this Year's Hero I League.

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