Kolkata: Bengaluru FC, who created history by winning the I-League on debut this season, dominated the shortlist for the Football Players` Association of India Awards 2014 to be held here on April 29.
Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood along with captain Sunil Chhetri and medio Lenny Rodrigues are among six nominees who have been shortlisted in five categories. The shortlist of top five was done based on a voting by the players of the I-League clubs and the winners will be announced at the awards night.
The annual awards function will be preceded by a 5-a-side match between Mohun Bagan and FPAI Five which will be held at the Calcutta Parsee Club ground. Voting is underway for the `Fans Player of the Year` at their website: www.Thefpai.Net till Apri 27.
Coach: Thangboi Singto (Shillong Lajong FC), Derrick Pereira (Salgaocar SC), Ahsley Westwood (Bengaluru FC), Armando Colaco (East Bengal), Oscar Bruzon (Sporting Clube de Goa).
Young Player: Narayan Das (Dempo SC), Siam Hangal (BFC), Alesh Sawant (Churchill Brothers), Alwyn George (Dempo), Lalrindika Ralte (EB).
Foreign Player: Cornell Glenn (Lajong), Darryl Duffy (Salgaocar), Yusuf Yakubu (Mumbai FC), Douhou Pierre (Pune FC), John Johnson (BFC).
Indian Player: Sunil Chetri and Lenny Rodrigues (both BFC); Gabriel Fernandes (Pune), Cavin Lobo (EB), Balwant Singh (Churchill).
Fans Player: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar), Balwant Singh (Churchill), Boithang Haokip (Lajong), Yusa Katsumi (Mohun Bagan), Beikhokhei Beingaichho (BFC), Victorino Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Goa), Douhou Pierre (Pune), Arnab Mondal (EB).