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Northeast Footballers won Top 2015 AIFF titles

Pune City FC Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh was awarded All India Football Federation (AIFF) men’s Player of the Year trophy, while striker Bala Devi was announced women’s best player for a second successive time in the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held at Margao in Goa on Sunday.

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The Coaches of I-League clubs voted Lyngdoh the best player of the year for 2015. His trophy announcement comes with a cash prize of Rs two lakh. This Meghalaya born football star has ended Sunil Chettri’s two-year hold on the title to begin his own reign. During ISL 2015 players bidding auction, Pune City FC signed him for 1.05 crores.

25-year old Bala Devi from Manipur, the 2015 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year would be presented a prize of Rs. 1 lakh besides a trophy. She scored 16 goals in 5 matches in the SAFF Women’s Championship in Pakistan which led to India winning the gold medal last year. In 2005, Bala Devi played her first match for India in the U-17 age group.

Meanwhile, Manipuri referee Sapam Kennedy was also honoured with 2015 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee for a second successive year.

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