AIFF Awards Ceremony in Mumbai witnesses the bests being recognised
AIFF annual awards night today took place in Mumbai being moulded with much glitz and glamour. Almost all the officials of AIFF and other footballing associations were present alongside the footballers and the other guests.
The event began with a message from FIFA President Gianni Infantino followed by a short lecture by AIFF President Praful Patel.
The event organisers scheduled a ramp walk for the footballers and also invited eminent fashion designers for this purpose.
The attraction of the ramp-walk was that every footballer represented a state and was dressed accordingly. Robin Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sashmita Malik stole the show. Some of the footballers also exhibited their personal skills. Eugeneson Lyngdoh with his guitar won the hearts.
After the light-hearted beginning, the event shifted to the centre of attraction of the night-the awards ceremony. Many awards were given tonight in different categories.
Here is the full list of awards and the recipients:
●AIFF Best Grassroots Programme– Punjab
●Best organizer– Bengaluru FC, DSK Shivajians
●Fair Play Award– Churchill Brothers
●Best emerging player– Jerry Lalrinzuala
●Best Goalkeeper– Debjit Majumder
●‘Jarnail Singh’ Best Defender– Anas
●Best Midfielder– Alfred
●Highest Scorer– Dipanda Dicka
●S.A. Rahim Best Coach– Khalid Jamil
●Hero of I-League- Sunil Chhetri
●AIFF Special recognition award(Club)-Bengaluru FC
●AIFF Special recognition award(Male)-Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
●AIFF Special recognition award(Female)– Uvena Fernandes
●Emerging Woman Player of the year– Sanju
●Women Player of the year– Sasmita Malik
●AIFF Player of the year- Jeje Lalpekhlua
The programme ended with all the presentees emerging on the stage and posing for photos. AIFF President Praful Patel said,”The award ceremony is going to bigger and better.”
After the heated environment in the business capital today surrounding the AIFF Executive committee meeting, the Gala night will alleviate some of the tension, atleast for the night.