Gurpreet, Sanju named AIFF Players of the Year

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New Delhi: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Sanju were on Friday declared as winners of the 2019-20 AIFF men’s and women’s footballer of the year awards respectively.

This is the first time Gurpreet has received the award, and in the process he became the second goalkeeper after Subrata Paul in 2009 to be named the AIFF Player of the Year. 

“There was always a desire to reach this point and this is an award which I have always looked up to. Chhetri-bhai (Sunil Chhetri) has won it so many times and I have always thought when I can be worthy enough to win it,” the 28-year-old, who had also received the Arjuna Award last year, said.

Meanwhile, midfielder Sanju was selected the winner for an excellent season while Ratanbala

Devi was the winner of the 2019-20 Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year Award. Both the winners were selected by national women’s team head coach Maymol Rocky in consultation with AIFF Technical Director Isac Doru.

“Personally, it’s a big milestone for me. This award is the proof that all the hard work that we have been doing over the last few years has indeed paid off. I would like to thank AIFF for all the exposure that we have got to grow and to improve ourselves,” Sanju said.