Sunil Chhetri the Indian national football team skipper on Sunday won the 2019 FPAI Indian Player of the Year award for a record-expanding third time. The talismanic striker, who had an awesome season with both club and country, also become the first player to win the award in progressive years.
Sunil Chhetri has been in peak over the most recent years. He is as of now the second-highest international goal scorers among dynamic players and the most topped player of the country.
Lallianzuala Chhangte bagged the Young Player of the Year award for his noteworthy performance in the Indian Super League with Delhi Dynamos. The 22-year-old forward hails from Mizoram.
Sahal Abdul Samad, one of the quick rising talents in Indian football, was named the Fans Player of the Year. Sahal plays as a midfielder for both ISL club Kerala Blasters and the national team.
The Foreign Player of the Year was introduced to FC Goa's star striker Ferran Corominas and the Coach of the Year award to NEUFC coach Eelco Schattorie.
The awards were exhibited today at the Football Players' Association of India award ceremony, which held at Paljor Stadium here. The awards function alongside an exhibition match between FPAI XI and Sikkim Stars was facilitated by the recently formed Football Players Association of Sikkim.
The exhibition match highlighted Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia, former Indian player and FPAI president Renedy Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, and Sikkim football stars Nirmal Chettri, Sanju Pradhan, Bikash Jairu and Robin Gurung among others.
On the event, the FPAS additionally congratulated Hissey 'Jerry' Basi, a first global footballer from Sikkim; Bhaichung Bhutia; Puspa Gurung, first Sikkimese woman to play international football; Palden Bhutia, mentor of Sikkim women' football team, and Thupden Rapgyal, former player and executive at State sports department.
An exceptional award was likewise presented to Bhaichung Bhutia for his commitment towards Indian football. The FPAS additionally presented thankfulness letters to State Sports Academy and Pendam Football Academy. The occasion also had Governor Ganga Prasad as the chief guest and Chief Minister P.S. Golay as the guest of respect.