After having won the Best Young Player at the Football Players Association of India’s (FPAI) Indian Football Awards back in 2011, it took Jeje Lalpekhlua five more years to be honoured with the Indian Player of the Year title.
With three goals in as many matches, the India international played a crucial role in India clinching the SAFF Championships in January this year after having won the Indian Super League (ISL) title with Chennaiyin FC where he scored six goals.
The Mizoram-born forward received the trophy from Bhaichung Bhutia and Chennaiyin FC CEO Rahul Patil. "I thank God, my family and my teammates and coaching staff at Chennaiyin FC and Mohun Bagan. I thank all the players and the FPAI," said an elated Jeje.
He also mentioned, "The biggest inspiration in the last three years for me is myself. I have worked hard a lot after practice sessions."
The former Pune FC striker is also the joint all-time top scorer in AFC Cup with five goals alongside Sunil Chhetri. In 14 appearances for Mohun Bagan in the I-League, he scored four goals which helped the Mariners to a second place finish.
Jeje will join his club in Maldives, gearing up for the AFC Cup tie on Wednesday against Maziya.