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Sandesh Jhingan named AIFF males’s Footballer of Yr, Suresh Singh wins Rising Participant award


Senior India defender Sandesh Jhingan was on Wednesday named the AIFF males’s Footballer of the Yr, whereas midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam was picked because the Rising Participant for 2020-21 season.

It’s the first time that the towering central defender has acquired the AIFF Participant of the Yr award, having received the Rising Participant of the Yr Award in 2014.

The award winners had been chosen on the idea of votes from the Indian Tremendous League and I-League membership coaches.

“I take this award as a motivation to do higher, and encourage others to observe their ardour for the game. This Award comes with an enormous accountability — to not let anybody down,” Jhinghan mentioned.

Jhingan made his senior nationwide crew debut in 2015 in Guwahati and has since gone on to make 40 appearances for the Blue Tigers, scoring 4 objectives.

He was a part of the Indian sides that lifted the Intercontinental Cup in 2018 and performed out a memorable draw on the house of the Asian champions Qatar in 2019.

Jhingan has captained the senior crew on 5 events, the latest being the worldwide pleasant in opposition to Oman in Dubai in March. He was conferred with the celebrated Arjuna Award final yr.

The 20-year-old Suresh, who made his Blue Tigers debut earlier this yr in opposition to Oman, was a part of the Indian aspect that competed on the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.

A former AIFF Academy cadet, Suresh had spent two seasons with AIFF’s developmental aspect Indian Arrows within the I-League. Identified for his stamina and box-to-box play, the midfielder has notched up 5 senior nationwide crew caps and began all three of India’s video games on the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Doha in June.

“Heartiest congratulations to the Awardees. I hope they may proceed shifting ahead from energy to energy sooner or later and proceed to encourage with their performances and achievements,” AIFF President Praful Patel mentioned.

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