The Prayag United striker was voted the Best Forward and went on to be named the Best Player as well of the latest I-League season.Ranti Martins has been named the Best Player of the I-League in the 2012-13 season. The Nigerian was presented the award after winning the majority of the votes from Coaches and Captains of all the teams in India's top division.
The Prayag United frontman was also declared the league's Best Forward, fending off the East Bengal duo of Chidi Edeh and James Moga. Martins notched up 27 goals from just 25 appearances for the Kolkata based club, maintaining an outstanding 1.08 goals per game ratio.
Among the other winners were Churchill Brothers former teammates, Lenny Rodrigues and Sandip Nandy who walked away with the awards for the Best Midfielder and Best Goalkeeper respectively. Rodrigues was instrumental at the heart of Churchill's midfield during their title-winning campaign while Nandy was exceptional between the sticks for the I-League champions.
East Bengal's Uga Okpara was voted Best Defender as he was a crucial member of their back-line this season during which they conceded only 18 goals, the least in the league. AIFF's developmental team, Pailan Arrows won the Fair Play Award while the recipient of the Best Coach award will be decided during the next AIFF Executive Committee meeting.
The list of awardees:
Best Goalkeeper: Sandip Nandy
2nd Best Goalkeeper: Karanjit Singh
3rd Best Goalkeeper: Subhasish Roychowdhury
Best Defender: Uga Okpara
2nd Best Defender: Bello Razzak
3rd Best Defender: Bilal Najjarin
Best Midfielder: Lenny Rodrigues
2nd Best Midfielder: Douhou Pierre
3rd Best Midfielder: Mehtab Hossain
Best Forward: Ranti Martins
2nd Best Forward: Chidi Edeh
3rd Best Forward: James Moga
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