Mumbai City FC winger Lallianzuala Chhangte was adjudged the Men’s Indian Player of the Year at the Football Player Association of India (FPAI) awards in Goa on Thursday where FC Goa head coach Manolo Marquez walked away with the Coach of the Year prize. 

FPAI awards are based on votes from Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League players for the men’s category whereas women footballers vote for the women’s awards. 

Chhangte who was impressive in Mumbai City FC’s ISL Cup triumph won the award for the second year in a row becoming the only player after Sunil Chhetri to achieve the feat. 

The Mizoram-born attacker scored 11 goals in 33 appearances for the Islanders in all competitions this season and peaked towards the end of the ISL 2023-24 season. He scored a late brace against FC Goa in the first leg of the semi-final to help the Islanders turn a two-goal deficit into a crucial first-leg lead which they went onto add into in the second en route to the final. 

He made 16 goal contributions in ISL 2023-24, the most by any Indian player and also netted India’s only goal in the heartbreaking loss to Qatar. 

Marquez was also awarded for his contributions to FC Goa as he guided the team to the semi-finals for the first time since 2021 and also had the team fight for the League Shield till the final matchweek of the season. 

It was an impressive return for the Gaurs under the Spaniard in just his first season in charge. FC Goa were unbeaten in the first half of the season but injuries and inconsistency hampered their charge in the second half of the season allowing Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Mumbai City FC to leapfrog them in the table. 

Odisha FC duo bag awards

Odisha FC duo Isak Vanlalruatfela and Ahmed Jahouh also bagged prizes at the FPAI Indian football awards. Isak was adjudged the best young player of 2023-24 while Jahouh was voted as the best foreign player. 

Isak scored four times and provided three assists in ISL 2023-24 and went from strength to strength under Sergio Lobera and was one of the first names on the team sheet of the Kalinga Warriors. 

Jahouh was once again consistency personified in the heart of the midfield, dictating play for Lobera’s side. He made a total of 1367 successful passes in ISL 2023-24, 369 passes more than the next best in the charts. He also created 47 chances, the fourth most in the league last season. 

In the women’s category, Dalima Chibber won the Women’s Indian Player of the Year award while Odisha FC’s Lynda Kom Serto won the Women’s Young Player of the Year prize.