Praful Patel, President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), announced on 21 December 2016 that Jeje Lalpekhlua has been nominated as the 2016 AIFF Player of the Year. The announcement was made at the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held at the AIFF Football House in New Delhi.
Jeje will be presented a prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh along with a trophy.
On the other hand, Sasmita Malik was chosen for the 2016 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year. She will be bestowed with a prize of Rs. 2 lakh along with a trophy.
Also, AIFF selected Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Uvena Fernandes for the 2016 AIFF Award for Special Recognition awards. They will be bestowed with Rs. 1 lakh besides a trophy. Gurpreet is the first Indian to feature in a Europa League fixture. He represented Stabaek FC in the Europa League. On the other hand, Uvena is the first Indian Official to officiate in a World Cup final match.
The 2016 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year went to Rowllin Borges, whereas Sanju was selected for the 2016 AIFF Emerging Women Footballer of the Year award.
The Punjab Football Association was honoured with the 2016 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Programme.
The 2016 AIFF Award for long-time contribution to Indian Football was given to Nike.
Pranjal Banerjee from the Indian Football Association won the 2016 AIFF Award for Best Referee. On the other hand, Joseph Tony was selected for the 2016 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee.
About All India Football Federation
Who: Jeje Lalpekhlua
When: 21 December 2016