Sandesh Jhinkan is the best footballer of the year; Suresh Singh Wangjam is an emerging player

This is the first time Jinkan has been selected as the best player. Midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam is the Emerging Player of the Year 2020-21.

New Delhi, First Published Jul 21, 2021, 4:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Sandesh Jhinkan has been named the All India Football Federation’s Player of the Year. The defensive player is the best player based on the votes of the team coaches who play in the Indian Super League and I League. This is the first time Jinkan has been selected as the best player. Midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam is the Emerging Player of the Year 2020-21.

Jinkan said the award would inspire many to continue their interest in football. Jinkan, who is also an ATK Mohan Bagan star, said the award would give him the courage to rise to greater heights and take on more responsibilities.

Jinkan, who won the Arjuna Award in 2020, played 40 matches for India. The senior team made its debut in 2015. All four goals were scored by the player. When India drew with Qatar in 2019, Jinkan’s performance in defense was crucial.

Former Kerala Blasters star Jinkan has captained India in five matches. The player left Blasters for Bagan last season.

Last Updated Jul 21, 2021 4:39 PM IST

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