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

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Senior India defender Sandesh Jhingan was on Wednesday named the AIFF men’s Footballer of the Year, whereas midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam was picked because the Emerging Player for 2020-21 season.

It is the primary time that the towering central defender has obtained the AIFF Player of the Year award, having gained the Emerging Player of the Year Award in 2014.

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

“I take this award as a motivation to do better, and inspire others to follow their passion for the sport. This Award comes with a huge responsibility — not to let anyone down,” Jhinghan stated.

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 half 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 towards Oman in Dubai in March. He was conferred with the distinguished Arjuna Award final 12 months.

The 20-year-old Suresh, who made his Blue Tigers debut earlier this 12 months towards Oman, was half 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. Known 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 will continue moving forward from strength to strength in the future and continue to inspire with their performances and achievements,” AIFF President Praful Patel stated.

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