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Chettri, Bala Devi get top AIFF award

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Feb 13: Indian men's football team captain Sunil Chhetri was on Friday handed the 2014's Player of the Year trophy while striker Bala Devi received the last year's Best Woman Footballer Award, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said in a statement on Friday.

Chhetri won the award for the fourth time, having received it in 2007, 2011 and 2013, surpassing legend I.M. Vijayan who won it thrice.

Besides a trophy, Chhetri also pocketed Rs.2 lakh.

Devi was recognised with the award after scoring 47 goals, including 18 in intertiol matches, last year. Teammate Oim Bembem Devi won it on the last two occasions.

Devi also received a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh.

Sandesh Jhingan who played for the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League was med the 2014 emerging player of the year and received a cash rize of Rs.75,000.

However, Chhetri and Jhingan were not present during the ceremony due to their club commitments.

The full list of awards:

2014 AIFF Player of the Year: Sunil Chhetri

2014 AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year: Bala Devi

2014 Emerging Player of the Year: Sandesh Jhingan

2014 AIFF Award for Best Referee: Santosh Kumar

2014 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee: Sappam Kennedy

AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme: WIFA

AIFF Award for long time contribution to Indian Football: ONGC. IANS

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