Sunil Chhetri and Ashalata Devi bag top honours in AIFF awards
Chhetri was declared as the men’s footballer of the year whereas in the women’s category Devi bagged the award.
Indian men’s footballer Sunil Chhetri and women’s footballer Ashalata Devi won the biggest prizes in their respective categories as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced awards for the 2018-19 season. Chhetri was declared as the men’s footballer of the year whereas in the women’s category Devi bagged the award, Goal.com reported.
This is the third consecutive footballer of the year win for Chhetri and his seventh honour in men’s category. Chhetri recently surpassed Argentine striker Lionel Messi to become the second highest active goal-scorer in international football. Chhetri scored a brace against Tajikistan in Intercontinental Cup to take his goal tally to 70.
Sahal Abdul Samad was declared as the emerging player of the year in the men’s category whereas Manipur’s Dangmei Grace was announced as the emerging player of the year in the women’s category.
The full list of awards are as follows:
Best grassroots development programme: Jammu and Kashmir FA
Best assistant referee: Joseph Tony (Kerala)
Best referee: R Venkatesh (Tamil Nadu)
Emerging women’s footballer of the year: Dangmei Grace (Manipur)
Emerging Men’s footballer of the year: Sahal Abdul Samad (Kerala)
Women’s footballer of the year: Ashalata Devi
Men’s footballer of the year: Sunil Chhetri
The Indian men’s team is currently playing in the Intercontinental Cup in Ahmedabad and lost their first match against Tajikistan 2-4.