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Award is very special: Sunil

New Delhi: India captain Sunil Chetri, on Thursday, was over the moon upon receiving All India Football Federation (AIFF)’s Player of the Year award, in a function held here. He later described it as one of the finest moments of his career.

“This award is nothing new for me… I had received twice before. Yet, this is probably the best of the three,” Chetri told The Telegraph. “Considering the fact that I am playing for a new club like Bengaluru FC, the award becomes even more special to me.”

Speaking further, he said: “A lot has changed since I won the award for the first time in 2007. But the excitement has remained the same.”

With no youngsters featuring in AIFF’s list of best players in both men and women section’s, quite a few eyebrows were raised. Chetri said: “I am 33 today. AIFF gave me the boost when I was at the start of my career. Now, they have recognized my contribution again at the twilight of my career. I can’t ask for anything more.”

The award ceremony was attended by some reputed sportspersons from other disciplines as well like archer Deepika Kumari and Para-Olympian Devendra Jhajharia. AIFF was named the best federation by Ficci. O. Bembem Devi was named the woman Player of the Year 2013.