Manandeep Singh ecstatic on being nominated for the FPAI Fans' Player of the Year in only his second season

The 19-year-old forward has scored eight times in only 12 appearances for Air India this season and feels great to be nominated for the FPAI Fans' Player of the Year Award...
Manandeep Singh
Age: 19
Club: Air India
Position: Striker
Goals: 8
Appearences: 12

FPAI Indian Football Awards 2012
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Manandeep Singh is oe of the three Indians nominated for the Football Players' Association of India (FPAI) Fans' Player of the Year Award amongst Sanju Pradhan and Franics Fernandes. The other nominees are Dempo's Ranti Martins, Mohun Bagan's Odafa Okolie and East Bengal's Tolgay Ozbey.

Clearly one for the future, Manadeep has been on target more often than not for the Airmen. In 12 appearances he has scored 8 goals. Under Santosh Kashyap's tutelage he and his fellow strike partner Sandesh Gadkari have made up a deadly front pairing contibuting 15 goals among them. These two Airmen have stood strong as they have been preferred over Henry Ezeh and have repaid the faith shown by the coach. Being the highest Indian scorer in the I-League, Manandeep can certainly claim your vote for being Fans' Player of the year.

“It feels great to be nominated in only my second season, and I want to do even better in the coming season” said Manandeep Singh.

On being asked on his chances of winning the FPAI Fans’ Player of the Year Award, the Air India striker was modest.

“Let’s see, the competition is very tough, Francis Fernandes and Sanju Pradhan, along with the three foreign players, Ranti Martins, Odafa Okolie and Tolgay Ozbey. These are all very good players, so let’s see what happens.”

“I enjoy playing in the I-League, it is a tough league which helps me develop my skills and get better as a player. I want to keep getting better and score more goals for my team,” he stated.

“I will honour my contract and then see what happens” he replied, when asked on a potential transfer.

“Air India is a young side, we will mature with experience as a team and as individuals which will only see our side get better,” said Singh.

Manandeep Singh also wanted to thank his coach, Santosh Kashyap, all his teammates at Air India, the fans and everyone that have supported him along his journey to excel this season.

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