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Best Player Ranti Martins: AIFF player awards for 2012-13 I-League

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Ranti Martins has been adjudged the Best Player of I-League 2012-13. The Nigerian striker was chosen the Best Player of the League after votes from all the Coaches and Captains of all I-League Teams which played in the last edition of the League. Ranti who played for Prayag United topped the goalscorer's list with 27 goals to his name.

Ranti also bagged the Award for the Best Forward of the I-League. Besides, Churchill Brothers midfielder Lenny Rodrigues was chosen as the Best Midfielder for the League. The National Team medio played a stellar role as Churchill Brothers landed the I-League title for the second time.

Meanwhile, former Churchill Brothers goalkeeper Sandip Nandy was adjudged the Best Goalkeeper while East Bengal defender Uga Okpara was voted the Best Defender. AIFF's Developmental Team Pailan Arrows bagged the Fair Play Award.

All the Players were chosen as winners after voting from all the Coaches and Captains of I-League Clubs. The Best Coach for the I-League 2012-13 will be decided in the next AIFF Executive Committee meeting.
AWARDEES:
Best Player: Ranti Martins - United SC
2nd Best Player: Lenny Rodrigues - Churchill Brothers
3rd Best Player: Douhou Pierre - Pune FC

Best Goalkeeper: Sandip Nandy - Curchill Brothers
2nd Best Goalkeeper: Karanjit Singh - Salgaocar SC
3rd Best Goalkeeper: Subhasish Roychowdhury - Dempo SC

Best Defender: Uga Okpara - East Bengal
2nd Best Defender: Bello Razzak - United SC
3rd Best Defender: Bilal Najjarin

Best Midfielder: Lenny Rodrigues - Churchill Brothers
2nd Best Midfielder: Douhou Pierr - Pune FC
3rd Best Midfielder: Mehtab Hossain - East Bengal

Best Forward: Ranti Martins - United SC
2nd Best Forward: Chidi Edeh - East Bengal

India Captain Sunil Chhetri : "East Bengal have enough firepower to win against Semen Padang".

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India Captain Sunil Chhetri will be putting his money on East Bengal when the Red and Gold meet Indonesian Champions Semen Padang over two legs in the Quarterfinals of the AFC Cup in September 2013.

"It's a relatively easy draw for East Bengal. Indians Clubs are usually pitted against West Asian Teams who are very tough to beat. With all due respect to Semen Padang, I feel East Bengal have enough firepower to win against them," Chhetri said on the sidelines of his eight-day Summer Coaching Camp for kids at the Ambedkar Stadium.

The twice AIFF Player-of-the-Year knows a thing or two about Semen Padang, having played the latter in the Group stages of the Competition. Churchill Brothers, where Chhetri spent the second half of last season on loan, scored the opening goal of their match against Pedang in a Group E encounter which ended 2-2.

"We played against them in the Group stages of the Tournament. They are a good side with quality players like Edward Junior Wilson. But I feel the manner East Bengal have been playing in the AFC Cup, Padang may find their going difficult. But one cannot be complacent, especially in the Quarterfinals," the 28-year old stated.

Padang, coached by Jafri Sastrak, missed their Foreign Recruits in that match against the I-League Champions on March 12. But in all likelihood, they will be at full strength when they look to overturn East Bengal who previous best in the AFC Cup was back in 2004 where they reached the last eight stages under Subhash Bhowmick.

Asked whether the availability of Foreign Recruits including the highly-rated striker Junior Wilson will make a difference, Chhetri said: "I don't think so. East Bengal have a lot of quality in their ranks. Under (Trevor James) Morgan they have looked a well oiled machine. The team chemistry has been superb, thus this success. It's amazing that an Indian club has reached this far in the AFC Cup after a long time."

"I wish East Bengal all the best. I feel very happy to see that an Indian Club is doing so well in the international arena. I hope they go all the way, but at this juncture it is advisable to take one match at a time, which I'm sure they will," Chhetri, who donned East Bengal colours back in 2008-09, commented.

PUNJAB FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AGM will held on 26th June

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PFA PRESS RELEASE : The General Council meeting of Punjab Football Association has been scheduled to be held on 26th June 2013 at 11.00 AM in Conference Hall of JCT Limited, Phagwara. Assistant Secretary, Mr.Vijay Bali informed that besides taking up General Agenda items, there have been critical issues those are to be resolved in this meeting which including approval of PFA's Statutes (Constitution), discussions on Sports Calendar for 2013-2014, Disciplinary Measures arisen out of State Championships, Referees Development, presentation of revised list of Office Bearers and Standing Committees of PFA, and allotment of State Championship