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AIFF Awards Ceremony in Mumbai witnesses the bests being recognised

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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.

Sports scientist Danny Deigan attended the ceremony
Sports scientist Danny Deigan attended the ceremony

The event began with a message from FIFA President Gianni Infantino followed by a short lecture by AIFF President Praful Patel.

Bhaichung Bhuttia in the gala night
Bhaichung Bhuttia in the gala night

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.

All the player-models on the floor after the rampwalk
All the player-models on the floor after the rampwalk

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

I-LEAGUE Awards::

Best organizer– Bengaluru FC, DSK Shivajians
Fair Play Award– Churchill Brothers
Best emerging player– Jerry Lalrinzuala

Jerry Lalrinzuala
Jerry Lalrinzuala

Best Goalkeeper– Debjit Majumder

Debjit Majumder
Debjit Majumder

‘Jarnail Singh’ Best Defender– Anas

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Anas

Best Midfielder– Alfred

Alfred
Alfred

Highest Scorer– Dipanda Dicka

Dipanda Dicka
Dipanda Dicka

S.A. Rahim Best Coach– Khalid Jamil

Khalid Jamil
Khalid Jamil

Hero of I-League- Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri

Additional Awards:

AIFF Special recognition award(Club)-Bengaluru FC
AIFF Special recognition award(Male)-Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

AIFF Special recognition award(Female)– Uvena Fernandes
Emerging Woman Player of the year– Sanju

Sanju
Sanju

Women Player of the year– Sasmita Malik

Sasmita Malik
Sasmita Malik

AIFF Player of the year- Jeje Lalpekhlua

Jeje
Jeje

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.