New Delhi: Thanks to his consistent
performance with the national team, India stopper Gouramangi
Singh was on Tuesday declared the AIFF Player of the Year 2010.
The lad from Manipur, who had bagged the I-League best
defender award in the 2008-09 season, had a long stint with
the national team and his club Churchill Brothers during which
he matured as a player.
He has made 48 international appearances and has scored
three goals, and his four-year association with Churchill
Brothers as centre-back also turned out to be very productive.
Gouramangi was a part of the victorious Indian team that
lifted the Nehru Cup (2007, 2009) and AFC Challenger Cup in
He won the award on the recommendation of national team
coach Bob Houghton, which was endorsed by the AIFF technical
"It is a great feeling to know that I have been selected
for this prestigious award," said Gouramangi.
"I sincerely want to thank All India Football Federation,
coach Bob Houghton, all the coaching staff and my fellow
teammates for their support. I would also like to take this
opportunity to thank my entire Churchill Brothers colleagues
and the management for their love and support throughout the
years," said the defender.
Houghton also heaped praise on the talented defender.
"He rightly deserves this award. He has been one the most
consistent performers over the years."