Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Sanju declared winners of AIFF Participant of the Yr Awards

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Indian males’s workforce goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Indian males’s workforce goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and ladies’s squad’s mid-fielder Sanju had been on Friday declared the winners of the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) Footballer of the Yr awards for the 2019-20 season.

That is the primary time Gurpreet has acquired the award, and within the course of he grew to become the second goalkeeper after Subrata Paul in 2009 to be named the AIFF Participant of the Yr.

Gurpreet was elected because the winner on the idea of votes from Indian Tremendous League and I-League membership coaches.

“There was at all times a want to succeed in this level and that is an award which I’ve at all times regarded as much as. Chhetri-bhai (Sunil Chhetri) has received it so many instances and I’ve at all times thought once I may be worthy sufficient to win it,” Gurpreet mentioned.

“Big thanks go to AIFF and everybody who has supported and helped me relentlessly to assist me obtain this at the moment.”

“Garnering the all-important draw in opposition to Asian Champions Qatar in Doha, eleven clear sheets in final Indian Tremendous League version, successful the Golden Glove award couldn’t have been attainable with out the workforce,” he added.

The 28-year-old had additionally acquired the Arjuna Award final yr.

In the meantime, nationwide girls’s workforce mid-fielder Sanju was chosen the winner after a superb season.

Ratanbala Devi received the 2019-20 Rising Girls’s Footballer of the Yr Award. Each the winners had been chosen by head coach Maymol Rocky in session with AIFF technical director Isac Doru.

Sanju mentioned, “Personally, it is a massive milestone for me. This award is the proof that every one the exhausting work that we’ve been doing over the previous couple of years has certainly paid off.

“I wish to thank AIFF for all of the publicity that we’ve received to develop and to enhance ourselves. I would additionally prefer to thank the seniors in our workforce. All of them have been an immense assist to me and have helped me address the rigours of worldwide soccer.

“I would additionally prefer to thank Maymol ma’am for permitting me the time and the chance to develop inside the workforce and categorical myself on the pitch.”

Mid-fielder Anirudh Thapa was named the Males’s Rising Footballer of the Yr. He was additionally chosen on the idea of votes from ISL and Hero I-League membership coaches.

The award for one of the best referee was received by L. Ajit Kumar Meetei from Manipur, whereas P. Vairamuthu from Tamil Nadu was named one of the best assistant referee.

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