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Sandesh Jhingan named AIFF men’s Footballer of Year, Suresh Singh wins Emerging Player award

Senior India defender Sandesh Jhingan was on Wednesday named the AIFF males’s Footballer of the 12 months, 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 obtained the AIFF Participant of the 12 months award, having received the Rising Participant of the 12 months Award in 2014.

The award winners had been chosen on the premise 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 comply with their ardour for the game. This Award comes with an enormous duty — to not let anybody down,” Jhinghan mentioned.

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

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 workforce on 5 events, the latest being the worldwide pleasant in opposition to Oman in Dubai in March. He was conferred with the distinguished 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 facet 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 facet Indian Arrows within the I-League. Recognized for his stamina and box-to-box play, the midfielder has notched up 5 senior nationwide workforce 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’ll 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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