Peep, peep, peeeep. That's it folks! It's been a terrific night for Indian football. The youngsters have triumphed in Dhaka to win back the SAFF Cup, while the FPAI has done its bit by superbly organizing the first awards night! It's been Sunil Chhetri's
evening through and through here in Kolkata, as he bagged the two big awards. Other winners were Baljit Sahni, David Booth
, and Odafa Okolie
. This is Rahul Sengupta signing off!
The Vote of Thanks is being delivered by CEO of FPAI, Mr.Sumit Mukherjee to put an end to this historic event.
Here is the moment we have all been waiting for! Sunil Chhetri, Mehraj,
Subhasish, and Steven Dias in different costumes dancing away to the Tamil blockbuster "Apudi Pode"
Sunil is clearly overwhelmed by the award. He thanks all the National team players for helping him out, and also mentions that he had never dreamed of this day. The lad also congratulates the other nominees for the award, Anthony Pereira and NS Manju.
The award is handed over by Sailen Manna and Alokesh Banerjee (Senior Marketing Manager UB Group). Any guesses who won it?SUNIL CHHETRI!
The Delhi lad wins the biggie! The award is probably for his performance in the AFC Challenge Cup last year, where he scored a hattrick in the final. Congratulations to Sunil!
It's time for the big one. The next award is for the BEST INDIAN PLAYER
. The nominees are:
Bhaichung announces India's victory in SAFF Cup, and a big round of applause follows it! What a performance it has been from the U-23 guys! They showed real bottle in the final to take the game to penalties, and then Arindam did the rest! Surely he is the Man of the Tournament.20 20: A
mazing performance by the skilled lad! He's keeping all the footballers from India cheering!
Now, we have a freestyle display by Daniel from Holland (Stood 3rd in European Championships and 5th best in the World Cup). This is amazing stuff!
Odafa, who came all the way from Goa to receive this, thanks God for this achievement. He also says Brazilian Jose Barreto is his inspiration. It's been a phenomenal, record-breaking year for the Nigerian. This is the least he deserves.
The award is given away by legendary footballers PK Banerjee and Ex-Olymian Badru Banerjee. And the award goes to.....Who else?! ODAFA OKOLIE!!!
I think no one can argue against this one!
The next award is now for the category of BEST FOREIGN PLAYER
. The Nominees are:Odafa Okolie
Jose Ramirez Barreto
What a way to celebrate! Sunil Chhetri seems to be the Shahrukh Khan of the evening, as he now performs to "Khudaya Khair"
from the movie Billu
, along with choreographer Sonia Jeffers! Never in my dreams did I think I would live to see this!