MARGAO, Dec 20 - Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh ended Sunil Chettri�s two-year hold on the AIFF men�s Player of the Year trophy, while in-form striker Bala Devi was chosen for the women�s honour for a second successive time in the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held here today.
Lyngdoh was chosen the winner on the basis of votes from Coaches of I-League Clubs and he will be presented with a prize of Rs two lakh besides a Trophy.
An elated Lyngdoh said he was �honoured� on being chosen for the award. �The fact that I was voted by the I-League Coaches makes it more special for me. This is just a motivation to do better,� he stated.
Furthermore, Bala Devi was declared the 2015 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year. The 25-year old would be presented a prize money of Rs. 1 lakh besides a Trophy.
�I thank the AIFF for their constant support and help. I revere the Awards lauded to me by the AIFF a lot and these are the things which matter the most to you as a player,� she told www.the-aiff.com. Pritam Kotal was declared the �2015 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year.� AIFF also introduced a new Award � the �2015 AIFF emerging Woman Footballer of the Year� � and it was bagged by Pyari Xaxa.
Furthermore, Football Association of Odisha (FAO) bagged the �2015 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Programme.� �PTI