Mahindra's Surkumar is Indian Player of the Year

Mahindra United defender Surkumar Singh has been named named 'Player of the Year' for 2006 by the All India Football Federation. He was selected for the honour following his impressive performances for the country as well as Mahindras throughout the year and is only the second Manipuri player to receive the award after Tomba Singh in 2003. The former Tata Football Academy cadet was a vital cog in Mahindras' first triumph in the IFA Shield last week. He was also part of the Indian team at the Doha Asian Games and found the net in the match against the Maldives.

Among other decisions taken at the AIFF AGM, 2007: Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been selected for extension of the Vision India project. Gangtok and Bangalore were confirmed as the centres for the second stage of FIFA's Goal project in India after initiating the effort with Delhi and Manipur. The AIFF is also considering starting a women's football league and club tournament and providing financial incentives for states participating in U-13 football festival, Press Trust of India reported.